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Can I visit the dentist whilst pregnant?

Yes, it is safe to see your family dentist whilst you’re pregnant. 

It’s actually quite important to maintain your oral health during this time in your life. Morning sickness and surgery cravings associated with pregnancy can have a long term impact on a woman’s oral health – everything from tooth decay and gum disease right through to acid wear and gingivitis.  

If you’re expecting, then a big congratulations from the team at Gosford Family Dentist. It’s a wonderful time, and we want to assure you that you’re perfectly fine to visit your local dental clinic. To put your mind at rest, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to visiting the dentist whilst pregnant.

Can I get my teeth whitened when pregnant?

Whilst teeth whitening and most other cosmetic dental procedures are safe during pregnancy and will not harm your baby, most dentists will recommend holding off any non-emergency dental treatments until after birth. Procedures such as teeth whitening are often not recommended during the third trimester, as you may find it uncomfortable to lay still for the length of the treatment. 

Can I have an anaesthetic?

Yes, of course. If you require a dental procedure while pregnant, most local anaesthetics can be used to numb the pain, calm your nerves and help you relax. However, anaesthetics containing felypressin should be avoided whilst pregnant as this chemical can constrict blood vessels. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of anaesthesia your dentist is using, just ask, they’ll be happy to help. And, when pregnant, your dentist will use the lowest amount of anaesthesia required for the procedure.

When booking with your dentist, it’s vital to let them know that you’re pregnant. That way they can select the right type of anaesthetic and dosage for you. The aim? Place as little stress on yourself and your baby as possible. 

Are dental x-rays safe during pregnancy? 

One of the most common fears about visiting the dentist while pregnant is being exposed to harmful radiation from x-rays. However, modern dental x-ray machines emit very low doses of radiation. In fact, you’re more likely to be exposed to more radiation on a domestic flight than a dental x-ray. 

Although x-rays are considered safe during pregnancy, most dentists will avoid them during the first trimester if you’re only having a routine checkup. They will also recommend putting treatments such as new orthodontics on hold until after birth, as they often require multiple x-rays before commencement.  

How can I take care of my oral health while I’m pregnant?

  • Continue with your regular dental check ups — regular dental check ups can significantly reduce your risk of dental emergencies before they happen. 
  • Avoid brushing your teeth straight after morning sickness —morning sickness, being acidic, can actually 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. Fluoridated toothpaste will help strengthen your tooth enamel. 
  • Maintain a healthy, well balanced diet — try and limit your sugar intake where possible to reduce the risk of cavities or tooth decay. 

Did you know? Your baby’s teeth start to form before they’re even born? That means that consuming a healthy diet, with foods high in calcium and vitamins A, C and D while pregnant helps to build a healthy foundation for your baby’s smile. 

Want to see the dentist whilst pregnant? Contact Gosford Family Dentist

If you’re pregnant and in need of a check up or another dental procedure, contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist. After an initial consultation, our dentists will be able to make the best recommendation for you and your baby. Contact us today.


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