Dental Care For Two: Are Dental Treatments Safe For Pregnancy?

Pregnant woman at dentist before treatment

Even pregnancy already involves a lot of doctor and gynecologist visits, seeing a dentist should also have a spot on your consultation list. Getting a dental check-up for pregnant women is completely safe, in fact, it is even recommendable to maintain a good oral health.

Given the essential regular dental procedures, did you know that a dentist can also address pregnancy-related dental symptoms? Did you know that the hormones circulating in a pregnant woman’s body can actually affect their gums?

Regular dental check-ups and good oral health habits keep you and your baby healthy. Reputed organisations such as the American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and gynecologists, and the American Academy of Paediatrics do encourage pregnant women to receive dental care. Aharon Hagain, a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry states, “It is a crucial period of time in a woman’s life and maintaining oral health is directly related to good overall health.”

Of course, it’s important that when you visit your dentist in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi, that you let them know about your pregnancy. It’s best to inform them regarding the medications you receive so that your dentist would know if some medications should be stopped for a while or not.

Below are more dental concerns pregnant women might experience:

Develop Pregnancy Gingivitis
During pregnancy, women experience many hormonal changes— and your mouth can be affected as well. For instance, there might be a chance to develop “pregnancy gingivitis,” or a gum inflammation. If gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend frequent cleanings to prevent this condition.

Increased Tooth Decay Risks
For several reasons, pregnancy may make you more prone to cavities. If you’re consuming more carbohydrates than what you used to, this can increase the risk of a decay. Additionally, morning sickness can also increase your mouth’s exposure to acid, resulting in erosion on tooth enamel.

Pregnant women may also have a little difficulty brushing their teeth or flossing, as the mouth is more sensitive— given the morning sickness, a more sensitive gag reflex, and tender gums. Nevertheless, it’s still essential to maintain a good dental health as poor habits have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia.

Local Anesthetics During Pregnancy
For pregnant women who need to get a root canal or other tedious dental treatments in a dental clinic in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi, there is nothing to worry about the anesthetic medications you may use during the treatment. In fact, anesthetics is actually safe for both you and your baby.

The amount of anesthesia used should be as little as possible, but it’s important that you are in comfort. If you experience pain, you’re free to request for additional numbing. The more comfortable you are, the easier it is for the anesthesia.

Safety of Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays are also safe even when you’re pregnant as the radiation from it is extremely low. However, to also ensure your safety, the dentist can cover you with a leaded apron to minimizes exposure to your abdomen. Additionally, they can also cover your throat with a leaded collar to protect you from a thyroid that can be due to the radiation.

The American Dental Association (ADA) together with American Excellence Medical & Dental Center recommend pregnant women to get preventive exams and cleanings. It’s also best to postpone non-urgent dental treatments until the second trimester or after birth.