Looking after your teeth while pregnant
During pregnancy, hormonal imbalances can make your teeth and gums more prone to disease and infection. Luckily, you can avoid this situation by visiting the dentist for cleanings and check-ups regularly. If you are expecting and you can’t remember when the last time you visited your dentist was, it’s time to book your next appointment.
At Northern Beaches Dental, we encourage our pregnant patients to visit us as frequently as possible throughout their pregnancy. Our dentist in Mackay can tell if your teeth are simply sensitive or if you are experiencing a response to plaque that builds on your teeth. In any case, it’s really important to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant and after you give birth.
Common myths busted
Contrary to popular belief, it is absolutely safe to have dental work while pregnant. However, dental procedures that require oral surgery (such as dental implants) can wait after you have given birth.
If you suspect you are pregnant, it’s really important to take a test and let your dentist in Mackay know as soon as possible. Some medications are not safe for pregnant women, yet your dentist can substitute them.
Most dental treatments are safe during pregnancy. However, x-rays are not recommended in the second trimester. In any case, if your dentist in Mackay thinks it’s really important to have an x-ray, they will offer you the best protection possible against the radiation.
Dealing with gum disease and morning sickness
As we’ve already mentioned, your hormone levels are bound to spike while you are pregnant. Elevated hormone levels can cause gum disease. This type of gum disease is really easy to cure, but it’s essential to see your dentist regularly for early diagnosis. If left untreated, pregnancy-induced gum disease can cause serious problems (i.e. it has been associated with low birth weight and premature birth).
At the same time, morning sickness can also compromise your tooth enamel and cause cavities. To ensure that your tooth enamel remains strong and functional, brush your teeth softly 30 minutes after vomiting and use an antibacterial mouthwash to ensure that no acidic remains are left in your mouth.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.