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Pregnancy and Dental Care

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Pregnancy and Dental Care

Preventative dental cleanings and exams are just as important as ever during pregnancy. A woman is more susceptible during pregnancy to common dental problems than she is before or after. Her baby benefits too from preventative dental care during pregnancy as infections like gum disease have been linked to preterm birth. 

However, anything beyond cleanings should be assessed very carefully.  Elective treatments like teeth whitening or other cosmetic work should be postponed until after the pregnancy. While there are no firm links between dental treatments and medication and harm to a fetus, it is a good precaution to have only emergency dental procedures done (other than cleaning, of course) during a pregnancy. 

X-rays are often required for many dental procedures, x-ray exams are not sufficient to harm a fetus.

If you are pregnant, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby is stay healthy and that includes taking really good care of your teeth and gums. If you are due for an appointment, give us a call today. We can help.

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