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Myths about Dental Treatments during Pregnancy

Myths about Dental Treatments during PregnancyFor many years, pregnant women have avoided dental care during pregnancy, but this could be putting them and their pregnancies at risk. Timely dental care is important for preventing dental problems that could affect not just your smile but also your pregnancy.

A big concern of pregnant women is the dental X-ray. Although fetuses can be harmed by radiation exposure, dental X-rays are well below the known safe level during pregnancy. A pregnant woman would need to have 50,000 dental X-rays to put her pregnancy at risk. However, non-essential X-rays should be avoided, which is why it is important to tell us at your dental exam if you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant.

Routine dental checkups and cleanings continue to be important during pregnancy, and because gum disease is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, periodontal therapy is also appropriate during this time and has been associated with more positive outcomes for mothers and babies.

If you are pregnant, good dental hygiene and regular dental visits continue to be important and might even be more important than when you are not pregnant. Be sure to brush and floss the teeth to remove plaque and bacteria. Rinse with water after vomiting to dilute acids, and chew sugar-free xylitol-sweetened gum to combat acid-related dental problems. If you do develop a dental problem, prompt treatment can prevent a worsening of symptoms. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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