During pregnancy, most women visit many doctors, the only doctor they are usually unwilling to visit is the dentist since there is a big amount of fear surrounding them. But let’s see in detail if this fear is reasonable or not.
Is it safe for me to visit my dentist during pregnancy?
Yes, it is.
- Minimal invasive treatments like a simple dental cleaning or a cavity filling, will not cause any harm, even if performed under a low dosage of local anesthesia.
- More severe treatments, like tooth extractions or root canal treatments, can be done only if necessary. Remember that the pregnant woman must be free of inflammation and of course pain so that she is more comfortable.
- Teeth whitening should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Local anesthesia is not contraindicated, as long as the dosage is kept to a minimum.
- Dental x-rays should be avoided unless there is an emergency, even though studies have shown that they are unable to harm the fetus.
- The dentist should be in communication with his patient’s gynecologist.