- Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended.
- The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums.
- Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.
Myth – Dental treatment cannot be done during pregnancy.
Fact – Dental treatment can only be done during the second trimester of pregnancy (4-6 months). During the first 3 or last 3 months of pregnancy only emergency dental procedures to provide pain relief can be carried out.
Things to remember
- The demands of pregnancy can lead to particular dental problems in some women.
- Estimates suggest that about 18 out of every 100 premature births may be triggered by periodontal disease, which is a chronic infection of the gums.
- You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits.
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