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Is it safe to get a teeth cleaning while pregnant?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Harms
Dr. Heidi Harmsanswered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Necessary dental care should not be avoided or delayed due to pregnancy.
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Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 45 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.
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Dr. Sharon Perelman
31 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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Not only safe, but essential for both you and your baby.
Apr 2, 2022
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Not only safe but essential. Gum disease has been linked with pre-term delivery and lower birth weight babies. Speak to our OB to assure that you have no medical impediments to routine Dental care, then go for it.
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Last updated Apr 3, 2022

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