Health

The Dentist and The Expectant Mother

Pregnant woman brushing her teeth

One of the big questions for expectant mothers is, ‘Is this safe to put into my body now that I am pregnant?’. It is well known, and indeed encouraged, that women become extremely cautious about what they can eat and drink and what medical procedures they can undergo without damaging the health of their baby, or their own health. Naturally, pregnant women will wonder if it is ok to visit the dentist in Soho and if so, what treatments they can have.

Actually, it’s very important for both mother and baby to visit the dentist, and a variety of oral health treatments — including teeth cleaning, x-rays, pain medication, and local anaesthesia — are safe throughout pregnancy, if carried out by an experienced dentist in Soho, such as PS Dental Care. Pregnant women have important dental needs, because hormonal changes in the body increase the risk of gum disease.

There is a condition that expectant mothers may get called pregnancy gingivitis. The gums become red and swollen, usually within two months of conception. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by elevated levels of the hormone progesterone, which affects the body’s response to bacteria. The dentist will remove any build-up of plaque and can apply a fluoride treatment to protect the teeth from decay.

Don’t Forget to Say

Patients should inform the dentist about the pregnancy when they schedule their appointments. This helps the dentist in Soho customise their dental care and keep an eye out for health problems.

Planning Ahead

Because anything that affects the mother’s health, can also affect the baby’s health, it’s a good idea to get any dental problems addressed before conception. There is no evidence that dental work is a bad idea during pregnancy, but pregnant patients are recommended to avoid dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester.

They can still go for check-ups at any stage in the pregnancy, but it is better to wait until after the birth for procedures that require surgery.

Dental Dietary Advice

Avoiding sugary foods throughout pregnancy is advised, as is regular brushing and flossing. This along with a healthy and balanced diet, will be beneficial for you and your baby in the long run.