Myth: It’s none of the dentist’s concern whether a woman is pregnant.
Fact: It’s important for your dentist and hygienist to know that you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. You may be at risk for certain dental conditions, and your pregnancy may limit the treatment options available.
Myth: Being pregnant doesn’t affect your mouth.
Fact: Pregnant women are at greater risk for certain oral health conditions. These conditions include gum disease, also known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” and growths within the mouth, called “pregnancy tumours.” Both conditions are treatable, so make sure to visit your dentist.
Myth: Your oral health doesn’t affect your baby.
Fact: If you have moderate to severe gum disease, you may be at higher risk for delivering a per-term, low-birth weight baby.
Myth: Pregnant women should avoid dental work.
Fact: Everyone — and especially pregnant women — should visit the dentist. If you’re pregnant, you face a higher risk for gum disease, so make sure to visit your dentist for regular cleanings, exams and any other treatment needed.
What about anesthesia?
You should avoid procedure in which anesthesia is needed. If you need treatment requiring anesthesia, your dentist may recommend postponing the procedure until the second trimester.
Myth: Never get a dental x-ray while pregnant.
Fact: Dental x-rays are now considered safe during pregnancy. X-rays can be essential in detecting serious problems, such as hidden decay, bone loss and inflamed tooth pulp.Dentist can easily evalute whether there is need of X ray or not.
Myth: Morning sickness is unpleasant but harmless for teeth.
Fact: Repeated vomiting can cause serious damage to your teeth. Exposure to stomach acid dissolves tooth enamel, weakening your teeth’s. If you suffer from morning sickness, talk to your dentist about ways to reduce the harm, such as using a mouth guard or rinsing with baking soda.