Regular dental cleaning and check-up is recommended twice per year if no issues or concerns are present, though the schedule for your individual needs may differ based on your health and any problems that may be presenting.
Many patients ask if it’s safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In a word, yes.
In fact, it’s recommended that you go for a check-up and cleaning more often during pregnancy because the bacteria residing in your mouth can enter the fetus. Therefore, if your regular dental schedule is twice per year, you should go every three months while you’re pregnant; if your regular dental schedule is every three months, you should see your dentist every one or two months during pregnancy.
Did you know? Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can lead to increased risk of gum disease, which affects the health of your developing baby as well. This means that your regular check-up is more important than ever.
If you have easily irritated gums which bleed easily, you may also be at increased risk for a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Without treatment, this can lead to more serious periodontal disease affecting the gum and bone.
It’s also important to ensure catching any cavities early on. Cavities develop from high quantities of bacteria eating away at the tooth and leaving the problem untreated elevates the risk that the bacteria can affect the developing fetus.
Tip: Pay careful attention to your gums - if you notice any increased tenderness or irritation, make sure to see your dentist right away.
Research indicates a link between poor oral health and babies born pre-term or low birth weight, putting these newborns at greater risk for having or developing such things as asthma, ear infections, developmental problems, and even increasing the risk of infant death.
Your oral health greatly impacts your overall health, so it makes sense that the health of your growing baby is also impacted by it. You can read more information about the connection between oral health and whole body health in this blog.
The goal is to eliminate bacteria in your mouth that could affect your developing baby if left unchecked.
Tip: With regular check-ups, a nutritious and well-balanced diet, and good oral hygiene habits, you’re in great shape to maintain optimal oral health throughout your pregnancy.
The great news is that regular check-ups and cleaning are completely safe at any time during your pregnancy.
If you have developed pregnancy related oral health problems, such as pregnancy gingivitis or periodontal disease, or need an x-ray completed or cavity filled, there are precautions that can be taken to ensure these treatments are administered safely while you’re pregnant.
There are medications which should not be taken while pregnant. If you’re being prescribed any medication, make sure to inform your doctor or dentist if you’re pregnant so that safety can be assured.
Tip: Always ensure that you inform all medical personnel if you are pregnant before undergoing any treatment or taking any medication.