You are smart to think about ways you can take extra good care of yourself while you are pregnant. Your body is changing and things that you do (or don’t do) can affect your own health and the health of your baby.
One easy and important thing you can do is to visit the dentist while you are pregnant.
Here are answers to some questions you might have about visiting the dentist while you are pregnant:
Yes! Going to the dentist before you become pregnant is a good idea. That way, you can be sure your teeth and gums are healthy. If there are any problems, the dentist can fix them before you become pregnant.
Many problems with teeth and gums don’t hurt until the problem has gotten much worse. Regular checkups and cleanings will help to prevent trouble from starting and becoming more complicated.
It is very important to go to the dentist even if you are not having any problems.
Yes, visiting the dentist during pregnancy is very safe and strongly encouraged by doctors.
Having your teeth cleaned and examined when you are pregnant is the same as any other time in your life. You can even get dental X-rays (with tummy and neck protection) and have some types of minor work done (like having a cavity filled) while you are pregnant.
The rise in hormone levels while you are pregnant can cause your gums to swell, bleed and trap food, which causes irritation.
The bacteria that cause irritation and swelling in your gums can get into your bloodstream and affect your baby. Recent studies show that a mother’s poor dental health can cause babies to be born too early or too small.
Pregnant women should visit the dentist at least every six months. But, if your dentist thinks you are at risk for having gum disease, he or she may ask you to come back more often during your pregnancy to make sure your gums stay healthy.
For more tips on how to take care of your mouth while you are pregnant, visit our Oral Health During Pregnancy page.