Dr. Bartosz Leończak performs a procedure on a pregnant patient
Dental Treatment During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?
The answer is yes! It is safe, but there is a lot of information to consider. Oral health during pregnancy requires special attention.
Oral Health during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the risk of gingivitis and caries increases due to various factors:
- Gingivitis – Bacterial buildup is the main cause of gingivitis. During pregnancy, hormones can increase the response to bacteria in the gum tissue, causing this condition.
- Cavities – It is also worth paying attention to the risk of caries during this period. Pregnancy changes a woman’s diet, often causing cravings for foods that can increase the risk of tooth decay. Additionally, acidity in the mouth, caused by e.g. frequent vomiting, may lead to weakening of the enamel and susceptibility to caries.
For this reason, the special importance of daily oral care during pregnancy should be emphasized. By taking care of her oral health, a woman has a chance to have a positive impact not only on her own health, but also on the health of your child. You should not be afraid of visiting the dentist during this period, as professional teeth cleaning is considered safe dental treatment during pregnancy.
Most dental procedures and routine checkups require X-rays. Good news! Studies have shown that the use of these procedures does not pose a threat to pregnant patients, provided that a protective cover is used for the abdominal cavity and thyroid gland.
To sum up, it is always recommended to consult your midwife and dentist before undertaking any dental procedures during pregnancy. The Warsaw Dental Center team is available to answer all your questions and concerns!