Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting and busy times of your life. Shopping for baby furniture, picking out bedding, paint colors, clothes, toys, bottles and more are consistently being added to ever growing to-do list. Extra doctor’s appointments, sleepless nights thinking of all that needs to be done and what the future will hold can make those nine months seem like a whirlwind. With all of this planning it can be easy for you to forget about visiting your dentist.
This can happen for a couple of reasons. We already mentioned the laundry list of to-dos. It has also is a concern about how safe it is to have dental work while pregnant. This seems to be a common question for moms-to-be. The answer is simple, not only is routine and preventative dental care during pregnancy safe, it is highly recommended. Optimal dental health during pregnancy is highly important not only for the health of the mother, but also the unborn baby.
Are there any treatments to avoid while pregnant?
As we said earlier, routine treatments like: examinations, cleanings, cavities, periodontal and root canals, are all safe. Some elective procedures like cosmetic dentistry or tooth whitening can safely be delayed until after delivery. Any treatment that requires local anesthetics are also considered safe during your pregnancy.
When is the best time to have dental work during pregnancy?
The second trimester is the ideal period to have any dental work performed. During your first trimester, anything beyond routine cleanings should be avoided due to the incredible amount of fetal development that occurs at this time. You can also keep your dental appointments that fall in your third trimester, however that time spent in the dental chair could be much less comfortable than usual.
So there you have it, one more thing to cross off of your list before baby arrives. Again, not only is it safe to have your routine dental work done while you expect, but it is recommended for both of you. As you take time out of your shopping, planning and thinking, why not enjoy a spa-like atmosphere? Dr. Russo’s Smile Spa offers the best dental care will providing a relaxing environment. To schedule an appointment, click here.