How does pregnancy affect my oral health?
The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. This also makes you more prone to cavities.
Is dentistry during pregnancy safe?
Short answer: YES! every procedure done in our clinic is safe during pregnancy.
Long answer: While every procedure is considered safe, there are still some risks associated to the use of antibiotics, anesthesia, and X-rays. These is no way to calculate these risks, but they are extremely rare. In general, our clinic errs on the safe side and this is why we recommend it is best to complete all dentistry BEFORE pregnancy. And then ideally, we only need to do cleanings and exams during pregnancy.
What if an emergency happens? What can I do?
Like mentioned previously, anesthesia, antibiotics, and X-rays do pose some risks to your child. They are labeled as category B which means they cross the placenta upon administration. However, they are still recognized as safe in normal doses by the American Dental Association and the American College of Radiology. If emergency dentistry is needed, it is best to do it in the second trimester when there is less fetal development occurring. During the third trimester, being reclined for extended periods of time may cause stress or even trigger an earlier labor so it is best to wait until after birth if emergency dentistry is needed in the third trimester. All elective procedures such as teeth-whitening should be postponed until after pregnancy or done before pregnancy.
If you have any questions, feel free to book an appointment to discuss options.