The more you think about being pregnant the more things you have to think about. But you may think that dental care can wait until after the baby is born, but it needs to be done now. It’s still important to look after your oral health, though. Don’t forget to go to the dentist!
Before your dentist checks your teeth, you should tell him or her that you are pregnant. Check for “pregnancy gingivitis,” and he or she will want to do that. This is caused by the hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy, and it can make your gums a little more sensitive to the touch. A disease called gum disease can happen if it isn’t taken care of.
Morning sickness or a change in your diet can also make your mouth more acidic, which can make your teeth more likely to get bad. In some cases, your dentist may want you to come in more often for cleanings if he or she finds signs of tooth decay or gum pain.
A condition called “pregnancy tumours” is also something your dentist will want to look out for. The name is a little scary, but these “tumours” aren’t cancerous and are just a swelling of the gums in between the teeth that doesn’t hurt. Second-trimester tumours are often caused by too much plaque on the teeth, which your dentist can remove.
Is it safe to see your dentists while pregnant
During pregnancy, it is normal to be worried about medicines, anaesthetic, and x-rays. You should not worry about them. Your dentist can tell you which medicines are safe and which ones aren’t, but anaesthetics and dental x-rays are safe for both of you and your baby. So, if you aren’t sure what to do, talk to your dentist.
At this point in your life, you have a lot of things on your to-do list that aren’t even close to being done, but it’s a great time. However and taking care of your teeth should always be a top concern.
Contact us at Shine Dental Care for information or to make an appointment.