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Is it safe to get a teeth cleaning while pregnant?

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Dr. Heidi Harms
Dr. Heidi Harmsanswered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Necessary dental care should not be avoided or delayed due to pregnancy.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Generally, yes.: Always a good idea to get clearance from your ob-gyn but speaking generally, yes. Since pregnancy causes your Progesterone levels to soar, your gums may bleed more easily and may seem swollen. While everyone is affected differently, it's especially important to clean your teeth and gums extra well during pregnancy for this reason, and a professional cleaning may help keep them healthier too.
Dr. Sharon Perelman
30 years experience
Yes: It is very important to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is not uncommon due to fluctuating hormonal levels. Brushing and flossing are essential along with routine dental cleanings.

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