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While pregnancy is an exciting time, it can also be a time of information overload and confusion. There are so many do’s and don’ts that go along with being pregnant.
Luckily, when it comes to your oral health, there are a few simple things to remember:
1. Tell your dentist.
Routine dental visits are generally safe and beneficial during your pregnancy. Just make sure to let your dentist know your due date, if you have any changes in your health and what medications you are taking.
2. Proceed cautiously with x-rays.
If you see a dentist regularly, x-rays can generally be postponed until your baby is born. However, when x-rays are needed for diagnosing problems, your dentist should use a lead apron with a collar to minimize exposure to your abdomen area and thyroid.
3. Your second trimester is the best time for routine dental procedures.
At this point, fetal organ development is complete, nausea and vomiting may be reduced, and you can still lie comfortably on your back. Emergency procedures may be performed with special consideration throughout your pregnancy to prevent infection and pain. However, elective procedures and major dental surgeries should be postponed until after your baby is born.
4. If you need a dental procedure while pregnant
Ask your dentist if the procedure can wait until the second trimester or after your baby is born. Keep in mind that the risks of not treating oral pain, swelling or infection may outweigh the minimal risks associated with getting dental work while pregnant. Some medications, including local anesthetics, antibiotics, and pain medications can be used safely during pregnancy.
5. Make sure you are comfortable.
If you find lying on your back uncomfortable, bring a pillow and ask for frequent breaks. Don’t forget to bring headphones with your favourite music. If the procedure will be long, ask your dentist if you can split it up into a few shorter appointments.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!