Many Hendricks County moms-to-be skip dental visits while pregnant, because they’re worried it may harm their baby. But dental visits while pregnant are perfectly safe. In fact, it can be more dangerous to skip your dental appointments while you’re pregnant.
According to a U.S. survey, most women don’t visit the dentist during their pregnancies. Additionally, half of moms-to-be with actual dental problems don’t seek care, because they believe having oral health problems during pregnancy is normal, or they fear dental treatment would harm the baby.
But pregnancy can cause hormonal changes that increase your chances of developing gum disease. If gum disease isn’t treated, it may affect the health of your developing baby. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of low birth weight and premature birth. One theory suggests that the low-grade infection and inflammation of your gums can cause an immune response that slows down your baby’s growth. Ultimately, your body may think your baby would be better off being born, even if it’s premature.
Therefore, regular dental visits while pregnant can help Hendricks County moms-to-be avoid developing gum disease by having regular dental cleanings that remove plaque from their teeth. Additionally, moms-to-be should have other dental work during pregnancy, like fillings and root canals, to reduce the chance of infection from occurring.
However, it’s best to postpone elective procedures like veneers, teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments until after your baby’s birth to avoid exposing your child to any risks, even if they’re minimal.
Care during Your Dental Visit while Pregnant
When you schedule your dental appointment with Danville Family Dentistry, tell our highly trained staff that you’re pregnant and when your baby is due. Also let us know if you’re taking any medications, if you have certain medical conditions, or if your pregnancy is considered high risk. This information can impact your dental care.
Dental concerns are normal during pregnancy. Two frequent questions we’re asked are:
- Can I get a dental X-ray while pregnant? Yes. If you need a dental X-ray during your pregnancy, our staff will make sure to minimize your exposure by placing a leaded apron over your abdomen.
- Are local anesthetics safe during pregnancy? Yes. You don’t have to worry about the safety of the numbing medications we may use. They’re safe for both you and your baby.
At Danville Family Dentistry, we care about the health and safety of you and your unborn child. Schedule your dental visits while pregnant by calling our Hendricks County office at 317-745-4400. Because your oral health is important to both you and your baby.