Q: Can I continue to go to the dentist while I am pregnant?  Should I still have my cleanings or other treatment completed?

A:  These are just some of the many questions and concerns expecting mothers face.  The short answer is YES!  As you are juggling doctor visits, nursery decorating, and which stroller to get, don’t neglect your oral health needs. The American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to get dental care while pregnant. 

In addition to all the other body changes, pregnancy may also affect your mouth in interesting ways.

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Inflammation (redness and sweeping) of the gums due in part to hormonal changes.

Pregnancy Tumor: Overgrowths of tissue that appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester, often related to dental plaque.  Tooth Erosion and Cavities: Severe morning sickness, frequent vomiting can erode the enamel.

While dental anesthetic, cleanings, and fillings are typically safe throughout pregnancy, let your dentist know even if you think you’re pregnant.  If your pregnancy is high-risk or if you have certain medical conditions, your dentist and your physician may recommend that some treatments be postponed.

For more information on scheduling your treatment during pregnancy, pregnancy related dental issues, or to schedule an appointment, call 751-7177.

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