It is highly recommended that you visit your dentist for an annual check-up and or routine cleaning during your pregnancy. The best time to do your dental treatment is during the second trimester, or from 14 weeks to 20 weeks.
During your pregnancy, you will experience an increase in your hormones such as estrogen and progesterone and others which will contribute to a change in the oral bacteria; and such a condition will cause inflammation of your gums, swelling and redness.
This is what we call pregnancy gingivitis. If you have this condition, a visit to the dentist is a must. If left unattended, this infection of the gums can lead to trapping the food and ultimately will increase the likelihood of decay. If you do not treat this, the cavities become bigger and may reach the pulp chamber where your nerve is; causing more discomfort and pain.
Therefore, I advise that early prevention and visiting the dentist is a must!
During pregnancy, the mother tends to eat frequently. It is recommended that brushing and flossing be done immediately afterwards to prevent the bacteria from increasing cavities.
If your teeth have sensitivity, please consult the dentist.
Reasons to Choose Tooth Fairy Family Dentistry for Dental Needs
Any condition that may stress the mother should be prevented. We can stop the pain by doing simple fillers. If X-rays are needed, we will protect your abdomen with a lead apron to keep your abdomen safe; we also have a lead collar to protect your thyroid. We use digital X-rays which uses the least and lowest radiation as possible. Your safety is utmost concern to us.
Any cosmetic procedure such as teeth whitening can be performed after the delivery of the baby. For other conditions such as extractions and endodontics, these should be done immediately to avoid any additional stress for the mother.
We will always consult your obstetrician and gynecologist before administering antibiotics. For anesthesia, we will use the least amount to numb you so that you feel comfortable.
We use lidocaine, which is the safest to use during pregnancy.
For mothers with sleep apnea, our office can provide an alternative to CPAP therapy: we do ORAL APPLICATION THERAPY. We simply take your impressions, and a personalized oral device will help you breathe better and sleep better.
Feel free to consult us at Toothfairy Family Dentistry located at 1701 S. Cage Blvd. Suite 100 Pharr, Tx. We are happy to help you.
Author: Francesca Barbin, DDS., FAGD
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry