5 Reasons Why We Hate Dentists During Pregnancy

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Pregnant women have a ton of stuff on their plate, and a ton of stuff to worry about. It’s easy to forget that dental health and dental hygiene are a big part of a healthy pregnancy.

1 DON’T Skip Dental Care

Just because you are pregnant, don’t let that deter you from seeking dental care. Pregnant women are actually encouraged and recommended to have dental exams and cleanings during their pregnancies, since there are sometimes complications that can pop up during pregnancy.

I don't always floss, but when I do, I have a dentist appointment in 20 minutes.

The second trimester is generally the best time to have essential dental work done. Of course, if you are having elective procedures like teeth whitening or cosmetic procedures, the best course of action is probably to wait until after your baby is born.

2 DO Tell Your Doctor

If you are seeing a dentist during your pregnancy, make sure that you tell them that you are pregnant. Sometimes, there are certain procedures that are not recommended for pregnant women, or there might be certain precautions that your dentist wants to take.

Discuss with your dentist any precautions you should take

As for anesthesia, dentists will usually want to use the least amount they can, still making sure you are comfortable. Try to relax, and remember, when you are comfortable, your baby is comfortable. Just make sure that your dentist knows that you are expecting so that he or she may make the best decisions for you and your baby.

3 DON’T Be Afraid Of Xrays

For the most part, your dentist will probably want to avoid x-rays just for the safety of your baby. If you have a condition in which an x-ray would be considered optional, you will probably not get one. Your dentist will probably want you to wait until after you have your baby.

Don't be a fraidy cat

However, if you have a serious dental problem where x-rays are required and not an option, your dentist will be very careful to safeguard your baby from any radiation. X-ray technology has come a long way, and there are ways to have x-rays done during pregnancy without harming your baby. If you think you have to have an x-ray done, don’t worry, your dentist will make sure that it is safe.

4 DO Watch What You Eat

Your diet is very important to the health of your teeth. It is very important to eat foods high in Vitamin D and calcium in order to protect your teeth. Stay away from junk foods and other unhealthy things that can rot your teeth and cause cavities.

 Don't forget to floss!

It’s no secret that pregnancy makes us hungrier, so it can be easier to reach for snacks that can lead to tooth decay. Keep lots of healthy eats around so you can grab a quick and yummy snack that won’t damage your teeth.

5 DON’T Ignore Signs Of Problems

You may think that pregnancy and dental care have nothing to do with each other, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Pregnancy causes a huge surge in hormones, which can lead to an increased risk of dental problems like bleeding gums and gingivitis.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can lead to increased risk of dental problems

Believe it or not, gum disease has actually been linked to preterm birth, so, if you feel any changes in your dental health during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to get yourself to the dentist and get checked out. Don’t forget to schedule a dental exam after you give birth as well, so you can make sure everything is okay, and fix any problems that might have gone unnoticed during your pregnancy.

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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