Expecting moms have a lot to handle—doctor’s appointments, baby showers, setting up the baby’s room—and there’s something else that many might not have considered. When it comes time for a dental cleaning, is it safe to visit our dentist while you’re expecting? What is healthy for you and the baby? Our Chicago, IL dentist provides some information below.
It may not seem obvious, but it is very important to get your regular checkups with our dentist, especially during pregnancy. Pregnancy can have a negative effect on your teeth and gums, as hormones can cause your gums to swell, become sensitive, and bleed. There’s even a term for it: pregnancy gingivitis! It’s crucial that you keep your oral health 100% to avoid infections and decay during this time, as there may be an increased risk of tooth decay.
Please let our dentist know if you are pregnant or may be pregnant so we can take proper steps for your care. But you can rest easy knowing that most dental procedures are considered safe during pregnancy, and local anesthetics are also considered safe for you.
The number one concern is staying up to date with dental cleanings, which are beneficial, help treat gingivitis, and prevent infection, which can be dangerous.
It is best to have any dental procedures done during the first and second trimesters. During the third trimester of pregnancy, it is uncomfortable and possibly risky to be in the dental chair for long periods of time. At this point, if there are any procedures that need to be completed, it may be best to postpone them until after the baby arrives (except in cases of dental emergency).
Additionally, elective procedures that are purely cosmetic, such as teeth whitening, should be postponed
If you have any concerns or are uncomfortable with having dental procedures performed, please talk with our dentist or friendly staff.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Dente Complete Dentistry, with a convenient dental office in Chicago, IL, by calling 773.295.0562 or by clicking here.