There are so many changes that women need to think of when they first find out they are expecting, from what you can and cannot eat, what supplements you’ll need to start taking, and what activities are considered safe throughout pregnancy. One of those questions that you might be asking is whether or not it is safe to see the dentist while pregnant. The answer to this is, absolutely.
Is it Safe to See the Dentist While Pregnant?
Not only is it safe, it’s highly recommended that you do. Pregnant women experience changes with their oral health during gestation, and are at an increased risk for developing complications such as:
- Pregnancy Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gums which can cause some bleeding and be painful.
- Tooth Decay – Pregnant women tend to consume more carbohydrates which can increase risks for developing cavities. Exhaustion may also contribute to less attention paid to a good oral health routine.
- Pregnancy “Tumors” – Which aren’t actually tumors; they are swelling of the gums between the teeth. These pregnancy tumors can be very painful and bleed easily, but should go away after the birth of your child.
What About X-Rays and Local Anesthetic?
While routine cleanings are very important to have done, it’s also safe to see the dentist while pregnant for things like cavity fillings, pulling a tooth, or even root canal therapy. X-rays and local anesthetic are both safe for you and your baby during pregnancy, but be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant (or think you might be) and how far along you think you are.