There are many myths about oral health during pregnancy. One of the most common myths is that visiting the dentist while pregnant is unsafe. This is not the case. The truth is, oral health is just as or more important while you are pregnant. It is recommended to visit the dentist at least once during your pregnancy. Pregnancy puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and to have growths known as pregnancy tumors. Consulting with your dentist to decide at what point during your pregnancy to schedule a visit is also recommended. If you have any dental problems, it is a good idea to treat them before becoming pregnant or shortly after. Make sure to continue your normal oral health routine to prevent problems during your pregnancy.
Myth: You should avoid telling your dentist if you are pregnant.
Fact: It is important for your dentist to know that you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Keeping up with your routine dental appointments while pregnant is recommended. Skipping out on oral care could affect your pregnancy as well as your dental health. Letting your dentist know ahead of time will ensure that your teeth and gums will remain healthy during your pregnancy. It is also important to let your dentist know if you suffer from frequent morning sickness as stomach acid can dissolve tooth enamel. There are steps that can help to protect your teeth from damage.
Myth: Pregnant women should avoid dental work.
Fact: Everyone- especially pregnant women- should regularly visit their dentist. Pregnancy increases the risk of gum disease, so it is important to visit the dentist for checkups, cleanings, and any other types of treatments during your pregnancy. If you require some kind of dental surgery, your doctor may tell you to wait until after you give birth.
Pregnancy changes your teeth as well as your body during pregnancy. It is important to take care of your teeth like you would your body during your pregnancy. Keep yourself, and your baby, healthy during your pregnancy and have a beautiful, healthy smile.