Yes! You should go and for a very simple reason: Prevention!
Prevention of tooth decay and gum disease for you, and for your baby as well.
When you become pregnant, not only do the hormones of pregnancy have an effect on your body physically, they can also have an effect on your oral health, especially your gums. Hormonal changes, even during a regular menstrual period, can cause pains and discomfort in the gums of some women. Now multiply that hormonal effect by 10 and imagine what you can experience when you are pregnant.
Some of the symptoms a pregnant woman may experience can be bleeding gums and a “wart” like growth between your teeth called pyogenic granuloma (or pregnancy tumor). Because of the discomfort in your gums and teeth, you may not brush and floss as you should for fear of causing your gums to bleed more. Consequently, you are at risk of developing cavities and more inflammation around your gums. If your gums are left untreated, this can lead to more serious gum problems such as periodontitis; this involves bone loss around the teeth which is also associated with a higher risk of preterm labor and low birth weight. If a cavity is left untreated, a dental infection may develop. What is also of great concern is that cavities are contagious and you may transfer the cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth to your child’s. It usually happens when you start feeding them. By tasting the food to check the temperature and then continuing to feed your child with the same utensil, they may contract the cavity-causing bacteria and it will be easier for them to get a cavity. Therefore, it is important you are cavity-free so that your child is at a lower risk of getting the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Because of the above mentioned reasons, it is very important to visit your dentist when you are pregnant. If you have cavities or a gum infection, it is better to treat them as soon as possible. The best time to get dental treatment is in the second trimester, since it may be very uncomfortable for you to lay on your back for long periods of time during the third trimester. At Clinique Dentaire Regency we use a local anesthetic that will not harm your baby.
We also do not like to take xrays during your pregnancy as we do not want to put your baby at any risk. Most dental treatments can be done without it.
If you are pregnant (or are planning to be), visits to your dentist can help you have a healthier pregnancy – and a healthier baby. We recommend to visit your dentist twice during pregnancy.
Be sure to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them regularly. If you have any questions about your pregnancy and your oral health, you may request a free consultation at Clinique Dentaire Regency. Dr. Tina Martino will be more than happy to share her knowledge and her personal experience.