There are many misconceptions in the society about dental visits while pregnant. You probably have heard about some and are wondering whether you should visit the dentist or wait till you have given birth. Here are some reasons you should visit a dentist during pregnancy.
Why Should I Visit a Dentist During Pregnancy
Many pregnant women go through hormonal changes which sometimes lead to bad breath, dry mouth or gum disease. Vomiting due to morning sickness may wear out the enamel of your teeth due to the acid from the stomach. The cravings for candies and soft drinks may cause dental cavities. It is important to visit the dentist for cleaning and to have your oral health examined.
The dentist also recommends a healthy diet to help you have strong teeth and to help in the baby's teeth development. The first teeth are important because they lay a foundation for permanent teeth. If they have problems, then it is likely to pass it to the permanent ones.
Dental tumors may develop on your gums during pregnancy. Although they usually disappear after child birth, it is important to have them checked and removed if necessary.
When you have a tooth infection it is advisable to visit a dentist so that they may recommend the suitable medication for you. Over the counter drugs may affect your unborn baby. Safe pain relievers are also recommended after a dental procedure.
When To Visit a dentist
Delays might lead to complications which can affect you and your baby. The second trimester is the most recommended period because during the third trimester, you might not be able to lay on the dentist chair for long.
However, dental procedures that require urgent care can be carried out at any stage of your pregnancy. Visit our dental clinic or call us to schedule an appointment.
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