Yes, you can go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, it is recommended that you continue your dental visits while pregnant as the hormonal changes your body goes through throughout your pregnancy increase your risk for periodontal disease.
The First Trimester
This is when most of your baby’s major organs develop, and any invasive procedures that would require x-rays and drugs should be postponed until after the first 13 weeks of your pregnancy, or even after you’ve already given birth – it the major dental work can wait that long. Routine cleaning and checkups are safe.
If you experience any dental problems that might require immediate treatment, however, you should not delay going to your dentist. Because your condition makes you more susceptible to gum irritation and disease, any infections in the mouth or other oral health issues could also potentially cause harm to your baby if left untreated.
The Second Trimester
Any necessary dental work other than routine checkup and cleaning, such as a tooth extraction or root canal, should be done during the second trimester. If the procedure can’t wait until after your baby’s born, the second trimester would the best time to get it.
If you skipped your regular dental checkup during your first trimester, you should definitely have your dentist examine you during your second trimester.
The Third Trimester
During your third trimester, it will be extremely uncomfortable for you to lie on your back for too long; getting major dental work done during this period could also increase the risk for preterm labour. Aside from a routine checkup so that your dentist can advise you on proper oral care after your baby’s born, all other procedures – particularly elective procedures such as teeth whitening – should be postponed until after you give birth.
Oral Health During Pregnancy
If you’re trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant, you should visit your dentist at the earliest possible time.
Your pregnancy cravings often mean higher sugar intake and, therefore, a higher risk for cavities. Maintaining your regular dental hygiene and visits to the dentist will help you avoid this problem.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy, particularly increased levels of progesterone, often lead to red, swollen gums when the body reacts more strongly to normal amounts of plaque. Such a condition can lead to more serious problems if left unaddressed. You can ask your dentist about what you can do to help soothe your gums and keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Your dentist will be better able to schedule your future visits and any procedures you might need. He will also be able to advise you on proper oral care while pregnant, which is more important than ever given your increased risks for dental problems