Dental visits and pregnancy — what you should know. It’s important to have good oral health in general, but it’s even more important to have dental visits while pregnant or even before you actually get pregnant.
If you are thinking about having a baby, try to get into your dentist for a check-up to make sure everything is ok or that treatment is done prior to getting pregnant. Having a healthy mouth is not only great for avoiding any dental treatment, but it is also good for your overall health.
While pregnant, it’s perfectly fine to go ahead with your routine dental check-ups and cleanings, but try to avoid x-rays unless you are having a problem. It’s best to keep up with visits due to hormonal changes that can wreak havoc with your mouth.
If going to the dentist is a stressful event for you (we all know people who have their phobias) it may be better for you and your baby not to put yourself through that situation. We all know that when we get nervous or experience anxiety, it can increase our blood pressure which wouldn’t be ideal for the little one in the tummy. But if you are having a problem, don’t procrastinate. Have it checked out and taken care of as soon as you can.
It’s important to have as healthy of a body as you can while pregnant or trying to get pregnant (not to mention at all times). Keep up with your brushing at least 2 times a day, if not more if you are snacking and floss once a day. Make sure to check in with your dentist and hygienist to get things squared away and to nip anything in the bud before it becomes a problem.
Written by staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014