Is it safe to have dental work done while pregnant?
Definitely! Not only is having a dental exam safe but also it is highly recommended for the health of you and your
baby. Having a dental exam will help prevent gum disease that can lead to preterm birth.
When is the best time to schedule dental routine exams?
It is best to get any dental work done while in the second trimester of your pregnancy. Once you hit your third trimester it may be difficult to lay down on you back. It is recommended that you wait until after your pregnancy to do any elective treatment done. This includes whitening your teeth and any cosmetic procedures. It is best to avoid this dental work while pregnant and avoid exposing the developing baby to any risks, even if they are minimal.
Are X-rays safe?
X-rays are typically taken during annual exams but can usually be postponed until after the birth. X-rays are necessary to perform many dental procedures and are used in emergency cases. According to the American College of Radiology, x-ray’s don’t have any significant dosing of radiation to cause negative effects in a developing baby. According to the American Dental Association, having dental X-rays during your
pregnancy is considered safe with appropriate shielding. If it will make you feel better, have your doctor double up on shields. Some women may choose to avoid dental work during the first trimester because
this is the most vulnerable time of a baby’s development. However, there is no evidence suggesting harm to the baby for those electing to visit the dentist during this time frame.
Medications and Antibiotics
Dental work may require an antibiotic to prevent or treat infections. Antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin, which are labeled category B for safety in pregnancy, maybe prescribed after your procedure.
Lidocaine is the most commonly used drug used in dental procedures. It is considered safe during pregnancy but try to have it administered in small doses since it does pass through the placenta. Make sure you are comfortable to keep the stress off the baby.
Suggestions for dental needs during pregnancy:
- Wait to have elective dental work done until after delivery.
- Brush your teeth with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
- Floss daily
- Have preventative exams and cleanings during your pregnancy.
- Try to have non-emergency dental work done in the second trimester or done after delivery.
If you’re pregnant and want to be see by one of the best dentists in Waldorf, give us a call at 301-867-7015, and we’d love to talk about what we can to help. Just let our general dentist in Waldorf and his assistants know if you are expecting so we can take the necessary measures to ensure you have a safe and successful visit.