Are you pregnant and due for your next dental visit? Is it causing you anxiety? We have good news! Even though you’re pregnant, you’re in the clear to have your dental cleaning and check-up at any time. It is actually really important for the health of your baby!
You also want to be sure that you book an appointment with our Abbotsford dentists if you notice any type of oddity in your mouth, such as an infection, swelling, bleeding. You can never be too cautious, after all!
Is it safe to get an x-ray when pregnant?
Yes! You will be covered with a leaded apron to minimize radiation exposure to your abdomen. Your throat will also be covered with a leaded collar to protect your thyroid. (Please note: the amount of radiation given off by x-rays is minimal.)
Three Ways Pregnancy Can Affect Your Mouth
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, you may be more susceptible to “pregnancy gingivitis”. This is when your gums become tender, swollen, and inflamed. It’s important to keep an eye on this so that it doesn’t turn into a serious form of gum disease.
Increased risk of tooth decay
If you suffer from nausea (morning sickness) during your pregnancy, your mouth will naturally be more exposed to acid. This can unfortunately eat away at your tooth enamel. You may also be eating more sweets and carbohydrates due to pregnancy cravings.
Overgrowths of tissue on your gums (pregnancy tumors) are most common during the second trimester of pregnancy. Fortunately, these types of tumors are not to be confused with cancer…and are literally just swelling that may be due to excess plaque. Appearance-wise, they will look raspberry-like and will likely disappear on their own after your baby is born. As with anything, if you have any concerns, be sure to consult with your dentist.