You’re sick, you’re exhausted – we get it! But you’re also more prone to gingivitis, which can manifest as red, swollen gums that bleed when brushing or even spontaneously. Treating yourself to good dental care is one of the best favours you can do yourself while pregnant.
Ideally, it is best to brush twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss daily. If nausea is making this difficult, try switching toothpastes to one with a milder flavour – even a children’s bubblegum or fruit flavoured toothpaste will do the trick! If you do find yourself vomiting, have a glass of water afterwards or rinse with an alcohol-free mouthrinse to help neutralize the acids in your mouth which can contribute to acid erosion of the enamel on your teeth.
Your routine dental hygiene visit is not only safe, it is recommended! Your hygienist will be able to thoroughly clean the plaque and calculus debris off your teeth, reducing the severity of pregancy-induced gingivitis. In patients who have particularly severe gingivitis while pregnant, it may be advisable to receive an extra oral hygiene visit during pregnancy to help maintain optimal dental health
If you are prone to periodontal disease, in which the infection of the gums also affects the bone that supports your teeth, it is absolutely imperative to receive regularly scheduled dental hygiene care. Active periodontal disease has been linked to preterm births and low birth weights in many recent studies. Seeing your hygienist for regular care helps to prevent bacterial build-up and keep your gums and teeth healthy
Most routine diagnostic x-rays can be postponed until after the baby is born, so we generally wait until after birth. However, if an x-ray is required to diagnose a dental infection, it is advisable to take it as soon as possible to allow for treatment to resolve infection. Routine diagnostic x-rays do not carry a significant enough radiation dose to cause adverse effects to the developing fetus