Having a baby is a thrilling time filled with lots of anticipation. To be clear, it can also be full of unknowns, making the expectant mom anxious and wary. There are surely lots of traditional do’s and don’ts while pregnant, but one important do is to maintain your dental health.
Let’s talk about why dental health is so important during pregnancy and why you should never wait to have a dental issue addressed. And yes, although it is safe to have a root canal while pregnant, there are some precautions and guidelines.
Dental Health During Pregnancy
Preventive dental care is critical during pregnancy to avoid infections and gum disease. Changes in hormone levels can lead to dental issues. These hormonal changes affect the gums making them swell and causing them to become inflamed and irritated. Bleeding may occur during brushing.
For that reason expectant moms should keep their scheduled dental appointments for cleaning.
What To Do
- Once you know you are pregnant be sure to inform your dental professional. Provide a list of all medications you are taking and whether your pregnancy is high risk.
- Keep up your regimen of daily flossing and brushing.
- If you do require a cavity filled or need a crown, it is recommended to have it treated preferably during the second trimester. Avoid the first trimester when possible to reduce your risk of infection.
- Cosmetic and non-emergency treatments should be put off until after birth rather than in the third trimester.
- If you require a root canal while pregnant, it is safe for you and your growing fetus. It has been determined that anesthesia is also safe with no difference in the percentage of birth defects, prematurity or miscarriage. Speak to your primary care doctor and dental professional if you are concerned. If you must have a root canal while pregnant, it is best not to have it performed in the third trimester. The second trimester is preferred.
- X-rays are a tool to discover disease and damage. With appropriate shielding, this is safe for mom and baby as well.
Possible Oral Issues During Pregnancy
Gingivitis is a mild inflammation of the gums, which occurs due to hormonal changes. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can result in tooth loss. Best practice is to have more frequent dental cleanings during pregnancy.
Many women find themselves eating more snacks during pregnancy, especially carbohydrates. Brush and floss immediately after eating, to avoid to a cavity.
In addition, morning sickness builds up acid in the mouth. Always rinse with water and brush immediately to avoid the development of cavities.
Enjoy This Time
Pregnancy should be a time to celebrate the new life coming soon. Avoid any unnecessary dental issues by maintaining your oral care and visiting the dentist when needed.
If you have questions about dental care during pregnancy,
call Oakville Dental Office at 905.842.6030