Pregnant Moms: Visiting a Chatsworth Dentist

Should you visit your Chatsworth dentist if you are pregnant? Well, it depends. Going to the dentist for your annual dental examination is actually safe and recommended. For instance, your gums may become more sensitive because of the tendency to swell and/or bleed during pregnancy. Visiting a dentist is a must to prevent gum diseases that are associated with birth problems. However, visiting a Chatsworth dentist for several procedures is not ideal.

When to Visit

Although it is recommended that you visit your doctor for oral health check up, unnecessary dental work must be avoided at all costs until you have given birth to your baby. But, important dental work such as tooth extraction or root canal should be done during the first or second trimester of pregnancy. The most ideal time is the second trimester because this is when you experience some comfort when lying on your back. The third trimester is not recommended because of the difficulty in lying on the back when filling your cavities, crowns and doing other regular dental work.

Don't Visit When...

Cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, reshaping and contouring are not supposed to be done during your pregnancy. These procedures can wait until after the birth of your baby because they put the baby in minimal health risks according to some research studies.

Medications and Pregnancy

The most commonly used drug for dental work is lidocaine. This drug is classified in Category B, which means that it crosses the placenta when administered. There are studies that prove the adverse effects of lidocane and other placenta-crossing medications. Penicillin, clindamycin and amoxicillin are the most commonly prescribed antibiotics to treat oral infections. Your Chatsworth dentist will be using the smallest amount of lidocaine or anaesthesia and as little amount of antibiotic drug as possible to prevent health risks to your baby.