Dental Treatments during Pregnancy and Lactation

Solve your dental issues before getting pregnant

Ideally, you should take care of your teeth before getting pregnant, as this would avoid emergency treatments, not recommended during pregnancy and lactation: X-rays, analgesics, anesthetics, etc. However, pregnant women’s teeth and gums encounter specific issues that can become very disturbing if combined with previous untreated conditions.

You need to treat your cavities and gingivitis, to maintain a strict oral hygiene, to replace old or amalgam fillings in order to avoid as efficiently as possible dental problems during a time when your attention should be focused on your baby.

Specific issues

There are a number of dental problems which may be associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. These are due to hormonal and feeding changes, and to calcium intake, both before and after giving birth. Maintaining an adequate diet and taking calcium supplements, as directed by your physician, you can avoid maxilla bone mass loss.

Hypersensitive gums swell and bleed during brushing; however, if you follow a strict hygiene you can avoid complications. Plaque and tartar may also cause swellings. In this case, your dentist will suggest in-office cleaning to reduce bacteria.

Also, some conditions related to your sinuses may determine oral breath in the nighttime, which dries out your mouth to the point where you may experience swellings. If you have bad breath, clean your oral cavity and use a mouth rinse.

Our advice is to use regularly dental floss to clean the interdental spaces, which are most prone to swellings.

Specific treatments

It is essential to inform your dentist that you are pregnant. There are medication and treatments not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

However, this does not imply that your visits to the dentist are a taboo: on the contrary, you should not neglect regular check-ups. Procedures related to dental hygiene–brushing, in-office cleaning, etc.–do not need anesthesia, so you should have them done regularly.

However, dental procedures intended for aesthetic purposes should be delayed to avoid futile exposure to various substances.

During pregnancy, the best time for you to see your dentist to solve possible dental problems is the second trimester, as during the first trimester the hormonal balance in your body is mixed up, whereas during the third one it is physically difficult (and medically not recommended) for you to sit for a long time on the back on the dentist’s chair.

Finally, you should be aware that emergencies may be treated, even if substances pass through to your milk; what you need to do is to get rid of your milk in the next 24 hours. You should ask your dentist how to take act according to your specific case.

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