Is It Safe to Go to the Dentist While Pregnant?

At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Marianna Farber safely treats pregnant patients at her New York City, NY office. Having dental work while pregnant is indeed safe. Dr. Farber recommends regular dental exams and routine cleanings as hormonal changes can actually increase your risk of developing gum disease, which can affect your baby’s health. Our caring staff believes that prevention is an integral aspect of your oral health.

How pregnancy affects your oral health

While many women go throughout their entire pregnancy without discomfort in their teeth and gums, pregnancy can in fact affect your oral health. Pregnancy can lead to many things, including:

  1. Pregnancy gingivitis: Hormonal changes can lead to swelling and tenderness in the gums. Frequent dental cleanings with Dr. Farber helps to prevent gum disease from developing.

  2. Increased risk of tooth decay: Pregnant women are more prone to cavities. This is because morning sickness can increase the amount of acid that the mouth is exposed to. Regular brushing can help to keep this at bay.

  3. Tumors: Overgrowths of tissue known as pregnancy tumors can appear on the gums. This occurs most often during the second trimester. This is swelling that occurs between the teeth and can sometimes be related to excess plaque. They usually disappear after the baby is born. If you’re concerned about these growths, talk to Dr. Farber about removing them.

Why should I have regular dental exams when pregnant?

During your appointment with Dr. Farber, she will ask you questions about your medical history and any medication that you take. Next, she will examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth. Now more than ever, regular periodontal exams are important to detect signs of gingivitis. If you're experiencing bleeding, tenderness, or swelling in the gums, speak to Dr. Farber as soon as possible. An oral cancer screening is also conducted as early diagnosis is the easiest way to treat any type of cancer.

Are x-rays while pregnant safe?

Yes! Dental x-rays are safe to have during pregnancy, but there are some things to consider when you’re planning dental care with Dr. Farber. It’s important to notify her immediately if you’re pregnant at your visit.

Ultimately, the amount of radiation that is used during a dental x-ray is very low and, according to the American Pregnancy Association, is not enough to cause any harm to a pregnant woman and her baby. However, some women do choose to postpone x-rays until the end of the first trimester as this is a crucial time for development. This isn’t medically necessary, but provides some of our patients’ peace of mind.

At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, we use digital x-rays that use up to 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays. They are safe for all of our patients in New York City and especially those pregnant and breastfeeding.

Is a dental cleaning during pregnancy safe?

Yes, it is. Taking care of your teeth and gums while pregnant is important. Oral health care, whether routine dental exams and cleanings, are all safe throughout pregnancy. Delaying necessary treatment for oral health issues could result in significant risks to you and your baby’s health.

When you’re pregnant, you’re more susceptible to gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. If gingivitis goes untreated, it can lead to more serious periodontal disease and in severe cases, tooth loss. The bacteria associated with a tooth infection could spread throughout your blood.

A teeth cleaning is an important part of oral hygiene. It involves removing tartar and plaque from the teeth to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and of course, gum disease. A regular oral hygiene routine of brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and flossing once a day also helps to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, too.

Schedule a pregnancy-safe dental appointment in New York City for routine dental care

When you schedule your appointment at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry with Dr. Farber, tell our staff that you’re pregnant so we can provide you the best care. If we know that you’re pregnant, we can position you in the chair so you are comfortable and to prevent you from becoming lightheaded. Routine dental exams are important for all of our patients, especially those pregnant. To schedule an appointment today for a dental exam and routine dental cleaning, call our New York City, NY office today.

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