Going to the Dentist While Pregnant: Everything You Need to Know
Dental work while pregnant is a concern that many expectant mothers have. Tenafly dentist, Dr. Liron Gamzeh, can attest to this – his wife is pregnant right now! Plus, he has seen his fair share of pregnant women in his Tenafly dental office.
The short answer is that dental work while pregnant isn’t just good to keep up with. It’s absolutely necessary!
Regular cleanings and exams during pregnancy are completely safe for mom and baby. We recommend getting at least one to two cleanings and exams during your pregnancy to make sure you aren’t at risk for gum disease.
Your hormone levels are rapidly changing when you’re pregnant, which can cause your gums to swell, bleed, and hold on to more food than usual. This can cause a buildup of bacteria and put you at risk of infection.
Unattended gums can not only be painful, but they can be dangerous for mom and baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.”
Dental work requiring Lidocaine should be avoided during pregnancy because it crosses into the placenta. Anesthesia is safe, but the smallest amount possible should be used. However, you should not “put up” with any pain for the sake of using less anesthesia – pain is stressful for you and the baby.
Antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin, are safe for consumption during pregnancy
Dental x-rays are safe during pregnancy. However, they can usually be postponed if the mother is not comfortable receiving an x-ray during pregnancy. If there are some nerves about going to the dentist while pregnant, it’s best to avoid going during the first trimester, when baby is most vulnerable.
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Tenafly Dental Associates will help keep mom and baby safe by performing routine dental exams, cleanings, and solving dental emergencies. Get in touch today to make an appointment or learn more about our services!