Dental cleanings and X-rays are safe for pregnant women, according to a recent bulletin from the American College/Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The group also advises Ob-Gyns to perform routine dental health assessments at women’s first prenatal visit and to encourage patients to see a dentist during pregnancy.
- Oral health care improves a woman’s general health and may also reduce the transmission of potentially cavity-causing oral bacteria from mothers to their infants
- An oral health assessment should be performed during the first prenatal visit.
- Prevention, diagnosis, and dental treatment that include dental X-rays (with shielding of the abdomen and thyroid) and local anesthesia (lidocaine with or without epinephrine) are safe during pregnancy.
- Conditions that require immediate treatment, such as extractions, root canals, and restoration (amalgam or composite) of untreated caries, may be managed at any time during pregnancy. Delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.
- If vomiting occurs due to morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, or gastric reflux during pregnancy, the use of antacids or rinsing with a baking soda solution (1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water) can help neutralize the associated acid and prevent erosion of the teeth.
- Maintain good oral hygiene: brushing teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing once a day.
- Limit the amounts of sugary foods and drinks in your diet.
- Continue to visit your dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups!
~Dr. Jon, Dr. Brian, Dr. Chris & Team HappyHealthyTeeth
Download Article Here >>ACOG2013-co569.pdf
Link to ACOG Website >>Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan