When you are expecting, you have a number of new tasks that require your attention. There are trips to your obstetrician, to childbirth classes, and seemingly endless shopping excursions to help you prepare your home for its new inhabitant. In addition to these important details, you also want to attend to your teeth.
There is some misconception about whether or not dental care is appropriate for the expectant mother. In reality, pregnant women have dental work done all the time. In fact, dental cleanings, exams, and necessary restorative care during pregnancy are not only harmless but are recommended.
Tips on dentistry when pregnant
Cosmetic dental treatments are incredibly popular today, and they are safe in most situations. When you are expecting, the number one tip is to obtain dental care that is necessary to sustain healthy teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry can always be on your schedule after you give birth.
If you have a pressing dental need during pregnancy, do not hesitate to see your dentist in Encino. Doing so can ensure that you are minimizing the chance of exposing your developing baby to any risks. Research demonstrates that pregnancy affects oral health and that oral health affects the growing fetus. For this reason, dental care remains and important form of healthcare during these exciting nine months.
Here are a few details you need to know:
Safety in Timing – Dental exams and cleanings may be performed anytime during your pregnancy. However, the second trimester is the safest time to get necessary dental work done.
Anesthesia – Most dentists will use Lidocaine as a numbing agent during dental procedures. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association reported no adverse reactions in pregnant patients treated with dental anesthetic. If you have questions regarding dental work or anesthetic, we are happy to speak with you!
X-rays: We may postpone routine x-rays until after your delivery, but if radiographs are absolutely necessary, we will provide the appropriate shielding. When you visit Signature Smiles of LA, you can feel confident knowing that your health and well-being are our primary focus.
Medication: When you schedule dental care, let us know that you are pregnant, and also inform your dentist of medications you may be taking. If we need to prescribe medication such as antibiotics or pain relievers, we will discuss this with you and possibly also with your obstetrician in order to develop the best treatment plan for you.
Personal Care for your Changing Needs
During pregnancy, it is not only your midsection that is changing. The fluctuation in your hormone levels affects everything from your uterus to your gums. Because the gums may become more sensitive and may bleed more easily, it is important to maintain good hygiene that decreases the risk of gingivitis.
We are here to support you in maintaining optimal oral health, which in turn facilitates a healthier pregnancy.