You’re pregnant – what does this mean for your oral health and dental visits? 

During pregnancy, it is imperative to keep your mouth as clean as possible to prevent infections or dental emergencies from appearing. This means brushing at least twice day (after breakfast and just before bed) and flossing at least once a day. If you are planning on getting pregnant, a pre-emptive visit to the dentist to make sure all is healthy in your mouth and to receive oral health tips is recommended.

During pregnancy, the second trimester is the safest to receive dental treatment. It is recommended to visit the dentist at least once during this trimester for a cleaning and to make sure everything in your mouth is healthy! Dental cleanings are completely safe and actually recommended for the pregnant patient. Due to the change in hormones during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of gingivitis.

During the first trimester, it is recommended to avoid all elective procedures, the only dental procedure recommended is emergency treatment – it is safer for the baby to eliminate any source of infections. Oral radiographs, (though they pose an extremely minor risk) should be minimized as well as drug prescription. Overall, maintaining a healthy mouth is the best thing for the pregnant patient.