Pregnancy and dental care in Hallsville: The safety of an x-ray, cleaning, and more
If you are expecting a child, congratulations! The joy of parenthood begins before you even lay eyes on your bundle of joy, and so does the responsibility. A healthy mom makes for a healthy baby, but it can be confusing to determine what is actually safe. Some women avoid dental care during pregnancy, but your oral health can have an impact on your child.
In recent years, scientific research has established a link between periodontal (gum) disease, and many systemic conditions. You may have heard about heart disease and diabetes being linked to oral disease, but there are many other, less publicized risks – including problematic pregnancy. Expectant mothers with gum disease may be more likely to have a premature, low birth-weight baby, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Despite the myths, most dental care is safe for pregnant women. The American Pregnancy Association highly recommends routine preventive care. However, there are special considerations, so it is important to tell your dentist about your condition as soon as you arrive. Dr. Clint Bruyere has been providing compassionate and conscientious dental care to Longview, Hallsville, and surrounding towns for nearly three decades. He is familiar with the special needs of pregnant patients. The safety and health of both mother and child are always given the highest priority.
The first trimester is the most sensitive stage of pregnancy, so dental work is rarely performed during that time. Once a pregnant woman reaches the third trimester, she is likely to have trouble lying on her back, or sitting for extended periods comfortably. Therefore, dental work is most often scheduled during the second trimester.
Teeth cleaning and oral examination is a safe, routine part of your biannual visit. However, Dr. Bruyere may recommend postponing some procedures. Sedation and teeth whitening are not recommended for pregnant women. X-rays (with a protective apron) and local anesthesia are safe, with proper precautions, but they are avoided when possible as a cautionary measure.
Generally, elective procedures should be scheduled before pregnancy, or after the birth, to avoid discomfort and stress for you and your baby. Crowns, fillings, and other necessary restorative procedures may or may not be postponed. If you are in pain, or distressed, the procedure becomes more urgent. On the other hand, if you suffer from dental anxiety, you may prefer to wait until you can be sedated. Dr. Bruyere will customize a treatment plan designed to keep you, your baby, and your smile healthy! Call 903.708.6116 and schedule an appointment today.