Expecting a Baby? Dental Procedures to Avoid while Pregnant


Expectant mothers tend to experience oral health problems as a part of pregnancy symptoms. Oral diseases like gingivitis and plaque build-up are common in pregnant women due to the action of pregnancy hormones and lack or oral care. It is necessary to visit the dentist for routine clean-ups and maintain a healthy oral hygiene. However, there are a few dental procedures that should be avoided for soon-to-be mothers in the third trimester.

Some of the below tips can help you have a safe oral care during pregnancy:

  • If you require dental treatments like root canals or cavity filings, second trimester is the best time to perform them. As dental procedures take long hours, it will be difficult in the third trimester.
  • Dental procedures involve administration of antibiotics like amoxicillin and clindamycin which are common but certain antibiotics like tetracycline should be avoided as it may have effects on the fetus.
  • Try to postpone dental x-rays while you’re pregnant; if the x-rays are necessary then your dentist should be informed about your pregnancy. This way, he/she can run a safe x-ray with minimal risk or plan for other options.
  • The key for a successful and minimal risk dental procedure is to stay relaxed. If you are calm and relaxed, your child will experience lesser trauma and the anaesthesia will be more effective. Thus, you can have minimal risk dental treatments.
  • Avoid cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening or polishing till delivery. After child birth, you can take up any cosmetic procedure with approval from your gynecologist.
  • Push back all your non urgent dental work till the baby is born and consult your dentist for a right time to get them done.
  • Eating right contributes to your dental health; avoid junk food and include vitamin C and calcium in your diet. Also maintain a healthy oral hygiene to avoid any dental problems.


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