You shouldn’t stop going to the dentist while you’re pregnant, in fact, it’s actually more important to stay on top of your oral health. When you’re pregnant you’re at higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral issues. There’s still a widespread belief that visiting the dentist while pregnant can harm your unborn baby, this is completely false. While some dental procedures should be delayed until after pregnancy, many procedures can still be undertaken at certain times throughout your pregnancy as delaying dental care could lead to more serious problems.
Dental health has a big impact on your overall health, which in turn can have a big influence on your baby too. When you’re dealing with hormone changes and cravings, make sure to take care of your oral and overall health. There’s nothing to worry about when visiting the dentist while pregnant, as your dentist will only proceed with procedures that are safe. The only time not visiting the dentist is advised, is for pregnant people who are told to stay in bed due to medical reasons, such as hypertension.
Can You Have Dental X-Rays While Pregnant?
One of the most common concerns about visiting the dentist while pregnant is about being exposed to radiation from x-rays. In the past this was a valid concern, but as x-ray technology has evolved the way x-ray machines emit radiation has changed and modern dental x-rays emit a very low level of radiation. A single dose is not usually strong enough to cause any adverse effects to your growing baby. However, an x-ray will still only be taken if absolutely necessary for emergency procedures or if you’re experiencing extreme pain. Even though x-rays are safe, it’s still recommended to avoid them during the first trimester if possible. During the x-ray you’ll be given a lead apron and a neck guard for added protection against the low level of radiation.
Can You Have Anaesthetic While Pregnant?
It is safe to have anaesthetic while pregnant to help you relax and numb the pain during dental procedures. Do inform your dentist about your pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive, as they will ensure to choose a suitable anaesthetic and set the appropriate levels as certain anaesthetics should still be avoided. The lowest concentration will be used to help you feel comfortable so you and your baby will avoid added stress. Local anaesthetics have been found to be safe to use during pregnancy and have no adverse effects.
Can You Get A Tooth Pulled While Pregnant?
Tooth extractions are a last resort for dentists and are avoided at any stage in your life if possible. But sometimes, if the tooth is badly damaged or causing pain, they cannot be avoided – even during pregnancy. The extraction can be performed at any time during pregnancy, but the second trimester is recommended as the ideal time. This helps avoid x-rays during the crucial first trimester and also the discomfort of having to lie on your back for an extended period of time during the third trimester.
Can You Have A Root Canal While Pregnant?
It is safe to have a root canal while pregnant, but just like tooth removals, it is recommended during the second trimester to avoid low level radiation during the first trimester and discomfort during the third. Root canal treatments stop pain caused by tooth decay that has reached inside the tooth by removing the infected tissue and restoring the tooth with a crown, avoiding a removal. The consequences of suffering through severe pain from a tooth infection far outweigh any risks from a root canal during pregnancy.
Can You Get Braces While Pregnant?
If you’re already undergoing orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign, you shouldn’t stop because of your pregnancy. Ensure to speak with your dentist as the treatment will be tailored to factor in your pregnancy. For new treatments, you can have new braces fitted during pregnancy, but your dentist may recommend to wait until after birth to avoid any complications. Getting braces requires x-rays, which are best to avoid during the first trimester. During pregnancy your face and mouth might change shape, meaning your braces would need to be adjusted or a new impression would need to be made to create a new set of clear aligners.
Can You Get Dental Fillings While Pregnant?
During pregnancy, you have a higher risk of developing cavities due to cravings for sugary snacks, morning sickness and the increased acidity in the mouth, and less attention placed on oral health. Putting off treatment can make the problem worse, so it’s good to know that cavities can be treated safely at any time during pregnancy. As with many procedures, it is recommended to schedule fillings during the second trimester. There are different types of fillings, some safer than others for you and your baby. Your dentist will advise what is the best option to proceed with.
Can You Whiten Your Teeth While Pregnant?
While teeth whitening is safe enough to be performed during pregnancy, your dentist will still likely recommend waiting until after birth as it’s not an essential procedure. Cosmetic treatments should particularly be avoided during the third trimester as you may feel discomfort from having to lie back for the extended amount of time. If you’re using an at home teeth whitening kit, ensure that you check the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is no more than 6%, as higher concentrations can potentially cause tissue damage if not applied by a professional.
Can You Get Dental Cleaning While Pregnant?
Yes! Dental cleanings are not only safe while pregnant, they are encouraged. A common problem during pregnancy is Pregnancy Gingivitis. This can be prevented or treated with regular dental cleanings. Once again, the second trimester is the ideal time to schedule the appointment.
Choose Carrum Downs Dental Care
Our friendly and experienced team at Carrum Downs Dental Care can help guide you through dental care throughout your pregnancy. If you’re looking for a dental clinic in Melbourne, contact us here to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.