Dental Treatment During Pregnancy

Posted by Seattle Dental Care Jun 09, 2022

Is it safe to receive dental treatment during pregnancy? 

  • How Does Dental Health Affect Pregnancy?
  • How Can You Ensure a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy?
  • Oral Health Problems That Occur During Pregnancy
  • When to Visit a Dentist During Pregnancy

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It is safe to receive some dental treatments including dental cleaning during pregnancy, however, the type of dental treatment will vary. During pregnancy, many hormonal changes take place in your body, elevating the risk of developing oral health problems. Dentists and obstetricians recommend booking an appointment before conceiving or informing your biological dentist immediately. It is important to consult your holistic dentist during pregnancy to ensure your treatments are planned ahead. 

How Does Dental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Dental health is the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. When pregnant, dental health becomes an important part of your prenatal care. 

Oral health is directly linked to the general health of your body. Many claim that there is a link between dental health and childbirth. Studies show that gum diseases trigger increased levels of biological compounds that induce labor. 

How Can You Ensure a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy?

Dental health is of prime importance during pregnancy. Brush teeth regularly, twice a day. Floss once a day to help get rid of any remains of food particles left after brushing. More importantly, eat a balanced, nutritious diet and ask your dentist about a personalized oral health regimen during this period to prevent major oral health problems.

Here are other tips:

  • Use good toothpaste, and ask your holistic dentist which toothpaste is best fit for your current health
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Routine visits to your dentist to prevent possible dental infections. 

Oral Health Problems That Occur During Pregnancy 

Some dental health problems may lead to complications in childbirth like: 

  • Pregnancy gingivitis: The buildup of plaque on the teeth irritates the gum. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis include red, inflamed, and bleeding gums. 
  • Tooth decay: There are high chances of developing tooth decay due to the unhealthy food cravings that occur during pregnancy. Also, nausea and vomiting conditions make some women do less brushing and flossing. 
  • Pregnancy tumor (pyogenic granuloma): The gum tissue swells, making it look raw. It usually disappears after pregnancy. If not, consult your dentist immediately.
  • Loose tooth: It is an uncommon complication that occurs during pregnancy. Due to the increase of certain hormones like estrogen and progesterone, tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place loosen. 

Visiting a Dentist During Pregnancy

Visit your dentist during weeks 14 through 20 or the second trimester or early third trimester of your pregnancy. Let your holistic dentist know you’re pregnant. This is so they will know to avoid the use of X-rays, pain medications, antibiotics, and dental anesthetics. They will also personalize an oral health regimen that will help with strength your at home preventative care. Discuss your medical history, past miscarriages if any, and medications with your dentist. 

At Seattle Dental Care, our holistic dentists ensure to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best biological dental care, please contact holistic dentist Seattle WA at (206) 728-1330 or visit us at 2107 Elliott Ave Ste 210, Seattle, WA 98121. We will be happy to guide you further.

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