If you’re expecting, congratulations from the team at Gosford Family Dentist! It’s an exciting time, and we want to assure you that it’s perfectly safe to visit our local dental clinic. To put your mind at ease, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to visiting the dentist during pregnancy.
Can I have anaesthetic during pregnancy?
Yes, it’s safe to have certain anaesthetics at a dentist during pregnancy. When booking with your dentist, it’s important to let us know that you’re pregnant. That way our team can select the right type of anaesthetic and dosage for you.
Are dental x-rays safe during pregnancy?
One of the most common fears about visiting the dentist while pregnant is being exposed to radiation from x-rays. However, modern dental x-ray machines, including the ones we use at Gosford Family Dentist, emit very low doses of radiation. In fact, you’re likely to be exposed to more radiation on a domestic flight than a dental x-ray. A single dose is not considered high enough to have any adverse effects on the development of your baby.
Although x-rays are considered safe during pregnancy, most dentists will avoid them during the first trimester if you’re only having a routine check-up and clean.
Can I get my teeth whitened at the dentist when pregnant?
Whilst teeth whitening and most other cosmetic dental procedures are safe during pregnancy and will not harm your baby, we recommend holding off any non-emergency dental treatments until after birth.
How can I take care of my oral health while I’m pregnant?
- Continue with your regular check ups and cleans to significantly reduce your risk of dental emergencies before they happen.
- Avoid brushing your teeth straight after morning sickness. The acids can cause further damage to the enamel on your teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and brush after waiting 30 minutes.
- Brush twice a day with a soft bristled brush and a pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Soft bristles are gentle on swollen gums whilst still effectively removing harmful plaque and bacteria.
- Maintain a healthy, well balanced diet and limit sugar where possible. Since a baby’s teeth start to form in the womb, consuming a diet rich in calcium and vitamins A, C and D will help build a healthy foundation for your baby’s smile.
Contact Gosford Family Dentist for your next appointment
If you’re pregnant and you’re due for a check up or dental procedure, contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist on 4325 3221 or send us a message to find out more.