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    Can I get dental treatment during pregnancy?

    dental treatment during pregnancy

    In this article, we’ll look at whether you can get your dentaltreatment during pregnancy.

    Although it is recommended to treat all painful teeth during pregnancy, no one is immune to a sudden toothache. Although there are limited methods for treating teeth during pregnancy, you should not put it off. Sore teeth are a hotbed of infection that can harm the health of both the expectant mother and the baby.

    How to safely treat teeth?

    During pregnancy, the expectant mother is sure to be examined by a dentist. This helps prevent the development of serious diseases that can harm the health of the mother in the position and the baby.

    What can be treated?

    Treatment of most diseases in the position is quite acceptable. For example, you can treat:

    caries (initial or medium stage);

    • pulpitis;
    • periodontitis;
    • periodontitis;
    • gingivitis;
    • stomatitis.

    Untreated dental disease can cause serious inflammation – for example, deep cavities or pulpitis can potentially lead to bone inflammation. So try to get all your teeth treated, or at least address them as you discover problems.

    Local anesthesia tooth extractions or dentures are also acceptable.

    But it is best to treat teeth in the second trimester – it is considered the most “peaceful” and least risky.

    What not to treat?

    During pregnancy, you should not perform procedures such as:

    Anesthesia and X-rays during dental treatment

    The main restrictions in dental treatment relate to diagnostic procedures and anesthesia. Pregnant women should be cautious about X-rays – avoid X-rays in the first trimester. An orthopantomogram (panoramic image) is not taken during pregnancy.

    At Brickell Dental Care, we use a safe and highly accurate 3D diagnostic method on the latest Fona Art Plus panoramic digital radiography equipment, which allows for safe and fast imaging. This procedure is not performed only in the first trimester of pregnancy.

    Treatment under general anesthesia and sedation is contraindicated during pregnancy. But local anesthesia can be used. Although it is better to postpone treatment with local anesthesia until the second trimester – that is the most favorable period for dental treatment. In the first trimester the baby’s organs are being laid, so any intervention is undesirable, and in the third trimester there is a risk of premature birth.

    Prohibited drugs and medications

    There are a number of drugs, the use of which is risky:

    • Lidocaine is a common drug for local anesthesia. It is recommended with caution because it can lower blood pressure;
    • Blood thinners (warfarin, aspirin) can cause bleeding;
    • Sodium fluoride, which is used to strengthen teeth, may affect the heart of both the mother and the unborn child.

    It is also advisable to be cautious about pain medications. Do not take medications not prescribed to you by your doctor. Make sure you tell your doctor about your pregnancy!

    Recommendations for dental treatment depending on the trimester

    It is desirable to treat all diseased teeth before conception. Otherwise you should wait with the treatment – in the first trimester dental treatment is recommended only for strict indications: for example, if the untreated tooth or gum disease creates a focus of infection that poses a danger to the health of the baby.

    If you feel any serious discomfort or severe toothache, don’t put off going to the doctor!

    The quietest period for dental treatment is the second trimester of pregnancy. The setting of the organs is already over, and the dentist can treat your teeth with practically no restrictions.

    In the third trimester, dental treatment cannot harm the baby in any way, but in this period there is a risk of premature birth. Therefore, if you have a strong fear of dental treatment, consult your doctor about it. Your doctor may recommend that you take herbal remedies before your visit to the clinic.

    What impacts of dental diseases on the fetus

    A bad tooth or gum inflammation is a hotbed of infection and a high risk area for the health of the expectant mother and baby. The fact is that pathogenic germs are spread with the bloodstream throughout the body. This weakens the immune system of the mother and can harm the baby.

    In addition, pregnancy itself contributes to a worsening of chronic diseases. Therefore, if you have untreated teeth, the development of the inflammatory process may increase.

    Normal dental caries can easily develop into periodontitis, which inflames not only the nerve, but also the gums and even the ligaments holding the tooth together. Soft tissue inflammation, in turn, can progress to bone inflammation, requiring emergency surgery. Of course, this is a risk to the health of the baby.

    Prevention and dental care

    To prevent dental disease, pay extra attention to preventive measures:

    Strengthen the immune system: eat a healthy and nutritious diet and get enough sleep.

    Watch your diet. Eat enough calcium, vitamin D and fluoride. If you are not sure that your diet provides your full requirement of micronutrients and minerals, take a multivitamin complex with minerals, designed especially for pregnant women.

    Brush your teeth after every meal. This will help reduce your risk of tooth decay.

    If your gums are bleeding, rinse your mouth with antiseptic herbal decoctions. This will reduce the likelihood of inflammation developing.

    And, of course, see your doctor as soon as you feel pain or discomfort. While you are waiting for your baby, you are responsible not only for yourself, but also for his health.

    Take care of yourself and your child by having examinations in time and by seeing all the recommended specialists.

    Do not hesitate to call our clinic at (407) 989 99-99 for professional dental care. Our doctors are always ready to solve all your dental problems.

    And before your first visit, be sure to check out our new patient specials.

    Stay healthy!

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