Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventative dental cleanings and exams are not only safe but recommended during pregnancy. The rise in hormone levels during this time causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. To avoid infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth, preventative work is essential.

If dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns are needed then the second trimester is most ideal. The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work or elective treatments such as teeth whitening or cosmetic procedures until after the birth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste 2 x a day, and floss daily.

Laketa Smith, EDA