Pregnant on a dental chairPregnancy can be a happy period in a woman’s life, while at the same time it can be stressful too. When pregnant, most women are obliged to visit a good deal of different health care professionals and visiting the dentist should be included too.

Pregnant women, in particular, should be more mindful of their teeth and gums because of hormonal changes during pregnancy that can increase the risk of developing gum disease, which in turn can affect the developing baby. It is therefore advised that pregnant women visit a dentist, such as the ones at All Smiles Dental in Bromley, for regular check-ups and in order to address and prevent any dental health concerns.

Dental work during pregnancy

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis while pregnant, can prevent many dental problems. A dentist should always be told how far along the pregnancy is, as well as any medications being taken. Pregnant women are not at risk when getting a routine dental cleaning or dental check. However, the best time to have any additional dental work done is usually the second trimester.

What’s safe and what’s not?

Pain medication, local anaesthesia, and x-rays are usually safe procedures for pregnant women, but a dentist may advise against them if there’s even the slightest possibility that they will affect the baby’s health.

Put a hold on cosmetics

When it comes to elective procedures, such as cosmetic dental treatment or dental implants, it is best to leave these until after the baby is born.

Be vigilant

Regular dental check-ups should not be skipped because of pregnancy. In light of hormonal changes that can increase the chances of pregnancy gingivitis – a mild case of gum disease accompanied by tender gums and bleeding – it is important to be aware of any changes in the colour and sensitivity of the gums during pregnancy. These changes should be immediately reported to the dentist.

Keep up the good work

Besides visiting the dentist on a regular basis, brushing twice a day, flossing and using fluoridated toothpaste will also help keep the mouth healthy and free from dental disease for longer.