As a mom-to-be, you’re understandably anxious about anything and everything that could go wrong with your pregnancy.
How does your pregnancy affect something as common as routine dental x-rays?
Dental X-Rays Won’t Harm Your Baby
The radiation in a dental x-ray machine shoots out a straight beam of energy. This energy is absorbed to some degree only by the tissues it’s aimed at. So dental x-rays are the safest ones you could get during pregnancy. They stay focused in a small beam right at your teeth. That radiation won’t go anywhere else.
You’ll be covered up with a lead shield. This blocks scattered radiation from affecting any other part of your body. The apron shield completely covers the baby.
Are X-Rays Really Necessary?
Yes, dental x-rays play an important role in detecting problems and mapping treatment. Getting a few x-rays each year is perfectly normal and sets the standard in dental care.
However, if you don’t have any dental complaints and you have a healthy dental history, you may be able to postpone your routine x-rays during pregnancy. This can give you some peace of mind and keep you comfortable.
If you end up with a large cavity, infected tooth, or raging gum disease during the course of your pregnancy, then treating it is imperative. It’s best to put off unnecessary dental treatment until after the baby arrives. But leaving a serious matter untreated could actually complicate you and/or baby’s health.
So there may come a point at which your dentist strongly recommends a dental x-ray during pregnancy. In that case, don’t worry – the x-ray will do you (and your baby) far more good than harm! Talk to your dentist about your concerns and they will recommend an appropriate course of action.
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Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
In most cases, an untreated cavity is more dangerous to a pregnancy than getting a filling.
How Safe Are Dental Fillings?
If you need a filling that can’t wait until after your baby is born, then you can safely get one during the second trimester of your pregnancy. This is a time when it’s most comfortable for the mother to sit through an appointment. It’s also past the critical stages of development for the baby.
Your dentist will likely recommend a composite resin (tooth-colored) filling over a silver one that contains mercury.
What About Anesthetics During Pregnancy?
Some women are hesitant to get a filling while pregnant because they’re afraid that anesthetics will harm their baby. They may worry they’ll have to get treatment without any numbing shots, at all.
The stress from a zero-anesthesia procedure is actually what can be harmful for a developing baby. Fortunately, there are classes of anesthetics which are safe for pregnant women and can help them relax during necessary treatment.
Pregnancy and Your Dental Health
You can put off the need for getting a filling during pregnancy by practicing good oral hygiene. Topical fluoride use via toothpastes and mouthrinses will help you avoid tooth decay and won’t harm your baby. Rinsing after morning sickness and brushing two to three times a day will also lower your cavity risk.
It isn’t always convenient to get a filling while you’re pregnant. But it’s always better to visit a dentist rather than ignore a serious oral health issue which can affect your growing baby. If you have any questions about which treatment is safe during your pregnancy, talk with a local restorative dentist.
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Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
As you may know, your health as an expectant mother easily affects your growing baby. It’s important to watch what you eat, get plenty of exercise, and avoid exposure to harmful substances.
But are you also watching your smile?
Your oral health even now can have a big impact on your little one. Starting good habits now will help you keep your smile in good shape long after your baby’s arrival.
When to Get Dental Treatment
Dental cleanings and checkups during pregnancy are just fine. If restorative treatment becomes unavoidable, the second trimester is the best time to schedule. At this point, a lot of your baby’s critical development is finished, and your belly won’t be too big to be uncomfortable!
Gum Health Maintenance
You may notice your gums are a lot more sensitive now than before your pregnancy. This is normal due to all the extra hormones. You don’t need to be alarmed by the increased bleeding from your gums, but you should be very diligent about oral hygiene.
Gum disease is linked to premature births, so it’s very important for you to take care of your gums.
Your dentist may even recommend that you have one or two standard dental cleanings during your pregnancy to ensure that you stay healthy.
After Delivery Dental Care
It can be tricky to schedule dental care after the arrival of your baby! But it’s a good idea to get caught up on exams and x-rays as soon as possible to make sure there aren’t any new problems.
Visit your dentist to get suggestions on keeping your gums healthy and your teeth strong. Expectant women with healthy smiles are more likely to have children with healthy teeth!
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13474 Atlantic Blvd Suite 109
Jacksonville FL 32225
If you are expecting, you have much to be concerned with. Your baby’s health is doubtless your priority. Don’t neglect the health of your smile, however. Pregnancy is a critical time in which your health needs special attention, and your dental health is no exception.
Oral Hygiene A Must!
Make the time for healthy eating habits, regular brushing and flossing, and the use of fluoride in rinses and toothpaste. Fluoride rinses will not affect your baby. Preventing cavities and gum disease through proper oral hygiene will avoid the need for dental treatment, and keep your body healthy enough to support your developing baby.
See Your Dental Hygienist Early in Your Pregnancy
See your hygienist as soon as possible for a gum-assessment. Gum disease can be harmful to your baby, so it is vital to prevent or treat it. You may notice that your gums are more sensitive during the first trimester. The hygienist will have recommendations for keeping your gums healthy.
The second trimester is ideal for having any necessary dental work completed. Your baby is going through critical development in the first trimester, and you may be too busy for dental work during the third trimester, or shortly after delivery!
Healthy Habits for Life
Maintaining healthy dental habits during and after pregnancy will help you stay healthy for a long time, and share with your new child the heritage of a healthy lifestyle.
And let’s face it – you don’t need any more health issues on top of those that accompany pregnancy! Being proactive in your dental health during pregnancy will go a long way in preventing bigger problems.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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