3 Myths About Dental Care

 

Dr. Amanda Tavoularis (dentably.com)

Becoming pregnant is a really special time in the life of parents. While you’re busy preparing to bring a new life into this world, there may be certain challenges that you face. Plus, family members and friends are more than likely sharing with you an abundance of information which can be quite overwhelming. 

When it comes to addressing dental care during pregnancy there are many myths and misinformation that is passed on. As a dentist who’s been practicing for more than 20 years, I’ve seen it all and it’s been my goal to debunk some of the more common myths that expecting mothers might hear. 

Myth #1: “Pregnancy Won’t Affect My Teeth or My Oral Health”

This is a common myth that is not true. Your changing hormones during pregnancy do affect your oral health. In fact, pregnant women are at a greater risk for certain dental issues such as gum disease and tumors. These conditions can cause complications like preterm birth and low birth weight so it’s important for you to be aware of them. However, both of these conditions are treatable so plan to visit your dentist during your pregnancy. 

You should also continue with an effective oral care routine at home to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash. An oral health care routine is essential to your health and it’s important not to neglect your routine during pregnancy. 

Myth #2: “I Can’t Get Dental Work Done While I’m Pregnant”

Another common myth is that pregnant women should avoid dental work. Actually, it is important that you do visit the dentist to help prevent gum disease. You are recommended to have regular cleanings and exams during your pregnancy. For treatments such as cavity fillings or anything involving sedation, it’s best to hold off on these procedures until your second trimester. 

If you’re worried about adverse effects, in some situations it is possible for you to postpone treatments until after you give birth. If you experience a dental emergency, you may need to undergo a dental procedure anyway. Finally, it’s also best to postpone any cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening until after the birth. 

Myth #3: “Morning Sickness Won’t Affect My Teeth If I Brush Right Away”

Morning sickness is a common side effect of pregnancy, and many women don’t consider how it can affect their dental health. But vomiting can cause serious damage to your teeth. Exposure to stomach acid dissolves your tooth enamel which weakens your teeth against decay. If your morning sickness causes you to vomit, rinse your mouth with baking soda and water before brushing to neutralize the acid in your mouth. 

Pregnancy is a special experience for women and being an expecting mother is exciting. However, there are some challenges with pregnancy and people are constantly offering up information and advice which can make it difficult to know who and what to listen to. Dental care during pregnancy can be confusing too, but having a healthy mouth is important for the safety of you and for your baby. Continue taking care of your oral health during this time as you prepare to welcome a little one into this world. 

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