Visiting The Dentist When Pregnant

Can You Go To The Dentist When Pregnant?

Yes, although it might be the last thing on your mind. It is a good idea to visit the dentist when you are planning a pregnancy or already pregnant.  The main reason to attend is to detect and treat any underlying infection which may potentially affect your health during pregnancy. The second trimester is often the easiest time to attend, as morning sickness has generally subsided.

Can You Get Dental Treatment When Pregnant?

All routine dentistry is safe during pregnancy, and preferable to developing a tooth ache shortly before or after labour.

Does Pregnancy Cause Gum Disease?

No, but it does make it more noticeable.  Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your gums, making them more likely to bleed and show a stronger response to gum infection.

Morning Sickness And Gagging

Sometimes it’s just not possible to brush your teeth, if your gag reflex is too strong.  Using a small toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste can help.  Whilst brushing, concentrate on breathing through your nose, with slow deliberate breaths.

After morning sickness, if possible rinse your mouth with water to remove the bad taste and stomach acid off your teeth, preventing tooth erosion and decay.  A bicarbonate mouthwash or other tooth remineralising products can also help.

Bacteria And Your Baby

Baby teeth are softer and more prone to decay than adult teeth, and normally erupt at about 6 months of age.  At birth your baby does not have the decay causing bacteria in their mouth.  Bacterias are passed on through kissing, food tasting or cleaning their pacifier with your own mouth.  The best thing you can do to give your baby’s teeth a good start in life, is to have healthy clean teeth.