Myths and Facts about Dental Treatments during Pregnancy

Myths and Facts about Dental Treatments during Pregnancy

Most women need to change their lifestyles at least somewhat during pregnancy. You might need to avoid soft cheeses, deli meat, alcohol, and other foods, drinks, or even activities. However, one thing you should not avoid is dental care. Many myths surround dentistry and pregnancy, and this can lead to increased risks for you, your smile, and your unborn baby.

Common myths about dentistry and pregnancy include:

1. Pregnancy does not affect the mouth.Pregnancy can affect every part of your body, including your teeth and gums. Pregnancy gingivitis and pregnancy tumors are just two of the dental issues that can develop during this time. If you become pregnant, let us know so that we can monitor your smile for early changes and take preventative steps.

2. Your dental health is separate from your pregnancy.Gum disease has been linked to serious health issues, including pregnancy complications. Getting a pre-pregnancy checkup is a good idea, but if you are already pregnant, now is a great time to get your teeth cleaned and checked for signs of dental issues.

3. Dental work should be avoided during pregnancy.

Delaying dental treatment could increase your risk for infections and pregnancy complications. Seeking timely treatment, even during pregnancy, is ideal. However, always let us know that you are pregnant and how far along you are so that we can take all necessary precautions to protect you.

Good nutrition and good dental hygiene are critical before and during pregnancy because they can keep you and your developing fetus healthier. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.