Pregnancy can be an exciting and overwhelming time! From picking out baby clothes to decorating a nursery, there’s a lot to get done. If visiting the dentist while pregnant isn’t on your to-do list, you should consider making an appointment.
Not only is it safe to visit the dentist while pregnant – it’s encouraged! As your body goes through hormonal changes, you might see changes in your teeth and gums. These questions can help you prepare for your next dental appointment and anticipate what’s coming over the next couple of months.
Questions to Ask Your Dentist While Pregnant
1. Is it safe to get x-rays?
First of all, make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant before you get an x-ray. Even if you think you might be pregnant, it’s worth saying something.
According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays are safe during pregnancies, especially if they’ll help enlighten you and your dentist about a potential issue going on. The ADA also recommends a protective apron and thyroid collar for extra protection.
2. Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant?
You may be dreaming about a whiter smile for those maternity photos, but most dentists recommend skipping the teeth whitening (and really any other cosmetic procedures) until after the baby is born. Because of how those hormonal changes affect teeth, it’s generally better to wait until everything has settled down. Talk to your dentist about their specific recommendations.
3. My gums are bleeding more than normal. What’s going on?
Speaking of changes, hormonal fluctuations can lead to oversensitive gums, which is commonly referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. During your appointment, your dentist should be able to determine what’s going on and offer advice.
4. How can I reduce the effects of pregnancy gingivitis?
Keep up with your daily routine! You know the drill: brush twice, floss one. If you find that you’re skipping that floss, now is the time to get back into it. The good news is that pregnancy gingivitis typically goes away once the baby arrives.
5. How safe is it to get a dental procedure?
Taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is so important. When it comes to cavity fillings and crowns, those treatments help you avoid infections that can lead to bigger problems. If you decide to get a dental procedure during this time, make sure your dentist is ADA-certified. At Dakota Dental, we’re proud to be ADA and MDA-certified dentists.
Remember, oral health is directly tied to overall health. When it comes to taking care of your oral health during pregnancy, Dakota Dental is here to help you through this new, exciting chapter. Whether your gums are bleeding more often or your teeth just seem different, we can do an examination, answer your questions, and make sure everything is looking good!
Ready to take care of your smile? Contact us to set up an appointment or a consultation today!