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Dental procedures during pregnancy: What you need to know

It's important to take good care of your oral health, even when routine dental care is not recommended while you are pregnant. When it is necessary to get emergency dental treatment, let your dentist know right away if you are pregnant so that they can take any precautions that are possible. If you are planning to get pregnant, it's a good idea to get a full dental checkup before you become pregant if that is possible.

Gum Disease During Pregnancy

Regular gum exams are important during your pregnancy. While you should wait until the second trimester of your pregnancy for a routine dental exam, once the second trimester arrives you should have your gums checked out if you have noticed any changes. It's possible that your gums will swell or bleed during pregnancy, and this is a sign of potential gum disease developing. Pregnancy gingivitis is gum disease while you are pregnant, and it is often due to the hormonal changes you experience when you are pregnant.

Dental X-rays Should Be Avoided

Unless you have a significant dental emergency that requires the use of X-rays, all X-rays during pregnancy should be avoided. Your growing baby should not be exposed to radiation from an X-ray, even if that exposure is minimal. If you must have a dental X-ray, be clear with your provider that you are pregnant and that you want all precautions taken to protect your baby from the radiation.

Protect Your Gums, Teeth and Overall Health with a Better Diet

There's more than one reason to eat a healthier diet when you are pregnant, and oral hygiene is one of those reasons. When you eat sugary snacks, your teeth and gums are more susceptible to plaque build up. When you eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your teeth and gums will be healthier. Crunchy vegetables act as a natural abrasive for your teeth, and it will be more difficult for plaque to build up on your teeth. A good diet gives you and your baby the nutrients you need during the pregnancy, and supports your oral health at the same time.

If you need a dental procedure and you are pregnant, talk with your dentist about your fears about seeking treatment. Your dentist will work hard to avoid potential hazards to you and the baby you are carrying.

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