Pregnancy can affect your body in many ways, and can cause problems for your oral health if you are unprepared. In addition, some of the treatments and technologies that dentists use can interfere with your pregnancy if certain steps are not taken. However, once we have been made aware of the circumstances, we can treat pregnant patients with the best care by finding the best window of time to perform the treatments and minimizing your exposure to any potentially harmful medication, or radiation, to ensure you and your child’s safety.
Dental Diseases During Pregnancy
During a pregnancy, you are at risk of certain diseases that only occur at that time. These include:
- Pregnancy gingivitis—Although gingivitis can affect anyone, pregnancy hormones can enhance your risks of this disease, which causes inflamed gums that may swell and/or bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is the precursor to gum disease, which can cause your gum line to recede and your gums to become infected.
- Pregnancy tumors—This is another condition that may occur while you’re pregnant. These red growths may appear between your teeth in the second trimester, but are not malignant, and usually go away after the birth.
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist to determine a treatment plan.
Certain tools and medications may be avoided by dentists, if possible, during this time. X-rays are typically avoided until after the baby is born, even though the risk of the radiation harming your child is slight. If you do require an X-ray, proper precautions will be taken to protect you and your child.
We will generally try to limit any dental work you have while pregnant, or will try to perform it during your second trimester. If you do need work completed, we can use as little medication as possible, though we will make sure you are comfortable and safe first and foremost. Be sure to inform us of any other medicines you are taking, as some may interfere with your dental medicine.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.