Everything you need to know about going to the dentist while pregnant
Being pregnant is an exciting time for expectant mothers. It’s a stage in life when women take better care of their health and well-being through proper diet, moderate exercise and regular check-ups, monitoring all the changes the body goes through during pregnancy.
Oral health also plays an important role during this time, particularly as a result of the hormonal changes that happen as the fetus grows.
In our post today, our dental clinic in Barcelona debunks all the myths about going to the dentist during pregnancy and the advantages of making an appointment at our clinic so that you can monitor your oral health.
Myths about going to the dentist while pregnant debunked
For years, misinformation about pregnancy and oral health has led to the false belief that pregnant women shouldn’t go to the dentist, which has kept many women from having periodic check-ups, which could negatively affect both the mother’s oral health and her pregnancy.
The myth stems from the false assumption that pregnant women shouldn’t use local anesthesia. Nothing could be further from the truth, and local anesthesia poses no risk during pregnancy. The local anesthesia used in a range of treatments, including wisdom teeth removal, is completely harmless and won’t affect the baby. As long it is authorized by an obstetrician, local anesthesia is safe for both the mother and the baby.
Tips for taking care of your oral health during pregnancy
The hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy may result in a number of pregnancy-related dental symptoms, from increased vascular permeability in the mouth to overall weakened defenses.
These changes produce a higher risk of oral diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis, and bleeding gums. As if that weren’t enough, pregnant women are also more susceptible to cavities.
Are you pregnant? The specialists at Casanova25 recommend a routine check-up during early pregnancy; your dentist will give you a diagnosis of your general oral health. You should also get another check-up toward the end of your pregnancy to make sure that pregnancy hormones haven’t caused any changes to you oral health.
In more specific cases, we recommend a gum cleaning after the first trimester of pregnancy. This treatment prevents dental plaque, which increases during pregnancy due to a diet higher in carbohydrates, from building up.
A healthy mouth supports a healthy pregnancy, so regular visits to the dentist prevents complications and avoidable diseases. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our dentist in Barcelona!