Dental Care During Pregnancy is Safe
The Ideal Time for Dental Care During Pregnancy is in Your Second Trimester
Maintaining good oral care is extremely essential when you are an expectant mother. It can improve your well-being during pregnancy and contributes to improving the oral health of your baby.
Dental care during pregnancy is safe. The experts at Westcoast International will help to remove plaque and food debris in between your teeth to prevent the risk of potential gum infections. We’ll also suggest oral care products that are suitable to help you fight bacteria and strengthen your teeth.
Why should you visit the dentist even during your pregnancy?
Research has found a link between gum diseases in pregnant women and premature birth’s with low birth weight. Furthermore, gingivitis (a milder form of gum disease) is one of the most common dental conditions among pregnant women. With symptoms like redness, swelling and bleeding gums due to the rise in hormone levels. All of which can lead to severe periodontal disease if left untreated. Frequent dental check ups and cleanings will help keep your teeth clean, plaque free and reveal indications of all the above problems.
The ideal time for treatment is during your second trimester. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time. We highly recommend you to postpone teeth whitening or non-emergency procedures until after the birth to avoid risks.
Many of our procedures require you to take X-rays, this might be disturbing for many mommy’s-to-be. However, rest assured that radiography taken at Westcoast International is safe and creates less radiation than normal X-rays. We also provide shielding for extra protection. In case of anesthesia, we adjust the amount administered accordingly, keeping it as little as possible but still enough to make you comfortable.
Other things you also need to remember
Cravings: Frequent snacking can be an invitation to tooth decay. When you have cravings for certain foods, choose healthier alternatives, low in sugar and nutritious for you and your baby, especially vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous. Don’t forget to brush your teeth and floss daily to keep the bacteria at bay.
Morning sickness: gastric reflux (regurgitating food or drink) or the vomiting can coat your teeth with strong stomach acids, damage the enamel and increase the risk of decay. If you have morning sickness and are vomiting frequently, don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to stop stomach acid from attacking your teeth. Wait for at least an hour after vomiting then proceed to brush your teeth like normal.
With proper hygiene at home and professional help from the Westcoast International staff, you will smile with confidence throughout pregnancy.