Posted on 7/20/2018 by Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry
It is incredibly important for expectant mothers to have regular dental cleanings throughout their pregnancy. A spike in hormone levels can cause the gums to bleed and swell, and this may lead to trapped food particles.
Preventive dental work can prevent infections that have been connected to preterm birth, so if you have a cavity during pregnancy, you should be sure to treat it right away.
Why Should You Fill a Cavity during Pregnancy?
Should your dentist diagnose you with a cavity during pregnancy, you need to follow through with getting it retreated. Left alone, a cavity could lead to an infection that could have far greater implications for your tooth, overall health, and the health of your baby.
Most dentists recommend dental work during the second trimester, as it may be harder for patients to lay on their backs for long periods of time later along in the pregnancy.
Are Dental Medications Safe?
If you need dental work, it is recommended that you use as little anesthesia as possible. Lidocaine, for example, does cross over into the placenta, so it could affect your unborn child. However, this doesn't mean you should go medication-free. You still need to be comfortable, as feelings of pain may place stress onto your baby.
Should your dentist require you to take an antibiotic to treat an infection, you are in luck. Antibiotics like clindamycin, amoxicillin, and penicillin have been categorized as safe for pregnancy, so you can take them without worry about any effects on your unborn baby.
The American Dental Association recommends that if you are pregnant, you continue to have preventive exams as well as regular dental cleanings. If you are expecting, please give us a call so that we can set up your treatment plan. Your dental health should still remain a priority throughout your pregnancy.