Should you skip dental visits when you’re pregnant?

The answer is a resounding, no! In fact, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that an oral examination be included in a woman’s first prenatal visit. The ACOG also recommends that medical caregivers advise all expectant mothers to see their dentists. That’s because oral health is considered an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Yet, many pregnant women and their families still believe that dental procedures should be postponed – to postpartum.

A recent survey revealed that:
• Most women do not receive routine dental care while they’re pregnant.
• Half of expectant moms with dental problems, including pain, didn’t seek care
Some said they believed that it was simply a normal part of pregnancy to have dental problems; many believed dental treatments could harm the baby.

Here’s the truth
pregnant-womanHealthy gums lead to healthy babies. Gum diseases can cause premature birth.
Yet many first-time moms especially are reluctant to have dental procedures such as numbing for filling a cavity for fear of harming their baby’s development.

Conditions with unclear causes such as autism can influence women to avoid various medical treatments during pregnancy. Some women even fear that anxiety related to medical and dental procedures could trigger premature labor.

Routine dental care can actually protect against early labor
Brushing, flossing and professional cleanings help prevent gum diseases, which have been linked to an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight. It’s believed that the low-grade infection and inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth caused by gum disease can set off an immune response that isn’t healthy for your baby.

Put off elective treatments instead
Procedures such as teeth whitening or veneers can be postponed until after your baby is born. But regular and necessary dental treatments, including cleanings, x-rays, numbing and fillings are safe during pregnancy.

You might want to wait until morning sickness passes, or is more manageable
And schedule routine procedures before your baby is big enough to make it uncomfortable to lie on your back. Call us with any questions you have about safe, important dental care during your pregnancy: (404) 255-9080.

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