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Should you see the Dentist While Pregnant?

Posted on 6/10/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard
You should always take care of your teeth using the proper techniques of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. You should also see a dentist at least once every six months, but what if you are pregnant? Taking care of your teeth should always be a priority, even when you are pregnant. The best way to ensure that you are in the clear is to set up an appointment before you conceive. If this cannot be done, or the baby is a surprise, plan a visit as soon as possible.

Keeping your teeth healthy and clean is a great reason to visit the dentist while pregnant, but also to make sure that the pregnancy is not causing any other oral complications. During pregnancy the body experiences morning sickness. Throwing up can because your tooth enamel to decay, especially if you have nothing in your stomach to throw up. It can also cause other changes to occur, such as calcium loss in your teeth.

What about Emergencies?

Some dental procedures cannot be done while a woman is pregnant. It is advised against due to the fragile development of the baby. Any procedures that need to be done, in an emergency situation, must first be approved of by your obstetrician. There are plenty of anesthetics and numbing creams that can be used safely on pregnant women.

Women who are pregnant and need to have x-rays done, should try to avoid them being done until after having the baby. However, if the situation calls for an x-ray and it is vital for the patient to receive one, there are shields that they can place over your chest and belly to prevent any harm to the baby. Whenever you become pregnant, it is vital that you inform your doctor and your dentist so that they can arrange the proper types of treatment for your current condition.

What Should My Dentist Know About My Pregnancy?

Your dentist should be informed before your visit that you are pregnant. They may ask for you to schedule more than one appointment during the pregnancy to keep a watchful eye on how your teeth are handling it. When the nutrients that the baby needs are taken out of your bones, such as the calcium, it could leave your teeth weak and brittle. This could cause major problems with chipping, breaking, and other types of damage.

Morning Sickness and Eating Right

Morning sickness can be a horrible experience for an expecting mother. It can create a hatred for brushing your teeth if you cannot do so without gagging. Therefore, to solve that issue, consult your regular doctor or dentist regarding what type of bland toothpaste would be best as a replacement during pregnancy. You can also rinse out your mouth with a mouth rinse or water to avoid throwing up from brushing.

While pregnant, you should attempt to have an even healthier diet than you would if you were not pregnant. The baby's gums will develop while the baby is growing within, therefore it is great to give them a head start on great foods like yogurt, cheese, and milk. It is always best to avoid any type of sugary sweets, or snacking a lot. Even though you may crave the silliest and sweetest things, they may not be good for your developing baby or the health of your teeth.

If you or a loved one is pregnant and has any questions or concerns regarding their dental appointments and procedures while pregnant, contact our offices today at (270) 408-1321. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your dental needs.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

Fax: (270) 408-1323

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