Visiting Your Dentist
When scheduling all of your prenatal appointments, don't forget about your dentist! Your dental professionals can play an important role in keeping your mouth (and your baby) healthy during pregnancy. Let your dentist know when you're pregnant, so they can adjust any treatment plans, such as postponing certain procedures until after your baby is born. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the second trimester is often the ideal time to have minor dental work performed — such as filling a cavity if needed.
Contrary to popular belief, seeing your dental professional for a teeth cleaning and dental x-rays while pregnant is safe. The American Dental Association states that the amount of radiation in a dental X-ray is extremely low and should not harm your child; plus, your dental professional will cover you with a leaded apron to minimize exposure even more.
Pregnancy means big changes to your body and your lifestyle. As you take care of all the preparations for your new baby, don't forget to take care of your teeth and gums. Oral health during pregnancy can cause some challenges, but with a strong oral care routine and help from your dental professionals, you can maintain a healthy mouth and healthy pregnancy.