Dental Treatment During Pregnancy
A visit to the dentist also is recommended in the second trimester for a cleaning, to monitor changes and to gauge the effectiveness of your oral hygiene. We at Choice Dental Clinic Pvt.Ltd. we do not encourage treatment after 28 weeks of pregnancy. Ideally the second trimester is the safest period for dental treatment. We avoid taking radiographs, however, with prior permission of the gynaecologist and with a lead apron which is used to cover the abdomen an x-ray is taken. We have digital dental x-ray which reduces the radiation by close to 90% than normal dental x-ray machine hence small surface radiation does not cause harm to the fetus
Non-emergency procedures which do not need local anesthesia generally can be performed throughout pregnancy, but the best time for any dental treatment is the second trimester. your obstetrician should be consulted during emergencies that require anesthesia or when medication is being prescribed. We also ask for prior written consent of gynaecologist before doing the treatment. Lastly, elective procedures that can be postponed should be delayed until after the baby’s birth.
DOES PREGNANCY AFFECT THE ORAL HEALTH ?
Expectant mothers experience-elevated levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These causes the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Symptoms include swollen, red gums and bleeding of the gums when you brush. Remember that the bacteria in plaque (not hormones) is what causes gingivitis. Brush twice a day and floss before you go to bed to help avoid plaque buildup.
Pregnancy tumors (Pyogenic granuloma) are rare, usually painless lesions that may develop on your gums in response to plaque. Although they are not cancerous, they should be treated. Pregnancy tumors usually subside shortly after childbirth.