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dental tips during pregnancy

Caring for your unborn baby is a big responsibility most women take seriously. However, you might not be sure what to do during this exciting time when it comes specifically to your dental care.

Here are 4 important tips to keep in mind should you be (or discover you’re) pregnant:

  1. Tell your dentist (and doctor) as soon as you know you’re pregnant. Dentists can still perform routine dental care and even urgent care during your pregnancy at any time. However, it’s recommended postponing any elective procedures until after the baby is born. Before you visit your dentist, you should also check with your OBGYN to ensure they don’t have any additional precautions your dentist should follow.
  1. Let your dentist know about any prescriptions, over the counter medications, and even dietary supplements (including prenatal vitamins) that you’re taking. Depending on what you’re taking, your dental treatment plan may need a temporary different approach.
  1. A Smiling woman getting her teeth x-rayed - while pregnant take extra precautions but don't avoid necessary dental care.

    woman having her teeth x-rayed

    While dental x-rays are permitted during your pregnancy, extra precaution should be taken to make sure you’re your abdomen and thyroid are shielded. But don’t worry, thanks to modern technology, x-rays are far safer than they were in previous decades.

  1. It’s important that you keep your appointment with your dentist! Now more than ever, it’s vital that you keep an eye on your gums. Remember, pregnancy and hormonal changes can increase your risk of periodontal disease and even cause “pregnancy gingivitis”! If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.

Being aware of these tips will get you off to a good dental start during pregnancy.

We’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides addition important dental information. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

Also, for added information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Olds Dental at (587) 855-4747 or click here to visit our website.


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