During pregnancy, your decisions no longer affect only you. Anything that is put into your body has to the potential to impact your growing baby in a negative or positive way. Because of this, you may have been putting off having dental work down because of concerns that the anesthesia might harm your unborn child. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), dental treatment with local anesthetics is actually perfectly safe.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. Your risk for gum disease increases as well as your chances of experiencing tooth decay if your morning sickness is causing your teeth to be exposed to stomach acid. Delaying treatment can lead to loss of teeth and gums.
Oral health affects your overall health so it is especially important not to neglect it during pregnancy. The bacterial infection found in periodontal disease can travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body and can even cause preterm birth.
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we take special precautions to keep your baby safe during periodontic treatment. Our conservative approach means we won’t recommend unnecessary procedures or administer drugs or radiation in a way that is dangerous for you or your baby.
Don’t just schedule exams with your obstetrician; make sure your prenatal care includes an oral health evaluation. Gum disease is easiest to treat when caught early and is also less likely to spread to other parts of your body. Make sure you are having the healthiest pregnancy possible. Contact Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants to schedule this very important screening today.