There is a lot to think about during pregnancy and, unfortunately, looking after your teeth is something that falls by the wayside for many pregnant women. The common misconception is that dental pain is normal during pregnancy or that dental treatment can harm the unborn baby. However, women who fail to visit the dentist while pregnant are more likely to develop gum disease, which is linked to higher rates of miscarriage and premature deliveries.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we urge our pregnant patients to visit the dentist in W1 at frequent intervals. Even if your teeth and gums are perfectly healthy, the hormonal changes that occur in your body throughout your pregnancy can make your teeth and gums more sensitive to the effects of bacterial plaque. If left untreated, gum disease can cause more serious problems such as permanent tooth loss.
Helpful tips and advice
Dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided if possible. This is a very crucial time in the development of your baby and it’s best to avoid undertaking any extensive treatments. Routine dental care treatments can be received during the second trimester but all elective procedures should be put off until after you have had your baby. However, if you are in pain and you need to have dental x-rays, they are perfectly safe for you and your baby as long as your dentist in W1 takes the necessary precautions.
It is really important to inform your dentist that you are pregnant as soon as possible, since they will be aware of any medications that you taking and their possible side-effects. It is also really important not to skip your regular dental check-ups because you are pregnant. Keep a close eye on your teeth and gums and if they are feeling sensitive, visit your dentist in W1 for a thorough check-up and cleaning. In the meantime, avoid foods high in sugar and try to keep a healthy and balanced diet full of nutrients. Brush your teeth twice a day and make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste for protection against decay.