If you’re pregnant, you likely already recognize what a wild time of your life it can be. You may have thought that you’d spend this time primarily resting, but numerous women find that between visits to the doctor’s office and the hospital and time spent baby-proofing the house, there seem to be too few hours in the day. As your dental healthcare provider, we’d be remiss not to recommend that you make sure visits to our office stay a regular part of your schedule; pregnancy is one of the most critical times of your life to maintain robust dental health.
The following are a few questions we get about pregnancy and dental care:
Q: Is it really secure to visit the dentist while I’m pregnant?
A: Yes, and major organizations in both dentistry and other health fields recommend it. The American Dental Association (ADA), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all suggest oral treatment during pregnancy.
Q: When should I let your office know that I’m expectant?
A: If you are at our office and receiving treatment, please let us know if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. We will use this data to adopt specific procedures and medication suggestions. If you know that you have become pregnant, phone our office to pencil in a visit so we can form a customized treatment plan for you and your baby.
Q: What can happen if I neglect my oral treatment during pregnancy?
A: If you’re not adamant about practicing awesome dental hygiene while you’re pregnant, you could develop or exacerbate ailments like pregnancy gingivitis, a type of gum disease that forms during pregnancy as you are chomping away at higher-than-usual amounts of calories and raising your risk of gum inflammation, swelling, and tenderness. You could also go the full nine months without noticing any major dental pain, but underlying disorders could be wreaking havoc on your pearly whites and affecting the health of your child.
Please play it safe during pregnancy and make dental checkups a first priority. We care about your welfare and the wellbeing of your child, and we’ll do all that we can to assist you to have a safe pregnancy. Give us a call at 801-731-3200 now to set up your next checkup with Dr. Samuel D. Knight at Samuel D. Knight, DDS in Farr West, Utah.