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Are there special dental care recommendations for pregnant women?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are some things to avoid in pregnancy like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and certain antibiotics.
Short of that, dental care is encouraged. Poor dental care has been related to early delivery and infections. It is safe to get dental xrays and dental work during pregnancy. Your doctor can write a note for the dentist detailing what to avoid.

In brief: Yes
There are some things to avoid in pregnancy like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and certain antibiotics.
Short of that, dental care is encouraged. Poor dental care has been related to early delivery and infections. It is safe to get dental xrays and dental work during pregnancy. Your doctor can write a note for the dentist detailing what to avoid.
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Peter Certo
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely!!!
Once your baby starts to develop its skeletal structures, he/she will require a lot of calcium, which will come from you.
Prenatal vitamins are very important, along with a good dental check-up to repair any decay. A Fluoride supplement is a great idea, in the way of a high Fluoride rinse or toothpaste to protect your teeth.

In brief: Absolutely!!!
Once your baby starts to develop its skeletal structures, he/she will require a lot of calcium, which will come from you.
Prenatal vitamins are very important, along with a good dental check-up to repair any decay. A Fluoride supplement is a great idea, in the way of a high Fluoride rinse or toothpaste to protect your teeth.
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes
As far as treatment is concerned it is best to limit dental work to emergency procedures only and it is preferred for these to be done during the first or third trimesters.
As far as other considerations, it is very important that the expecting mother has a very healthy mouth and maintains good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene can have effects on the child.

In brief: Yes
As far as treatment is concerned it is best to limit dental work to emergency procedures only and it is preferred for these to be done during the first or third trimesters.
As far as other considerations, it is very important that the expecting mother has a very healthy mouth and maintains good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene can have effects on the child.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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Dr. Gary Alder
Prior to conception it is advisable to get your oral health in excellent condition. The hormonal changes during pregancy present a greater challenge to maintaining health gums. The second trimester is the preferred time to receive routine dental care. The baby is well formed so it can tolerate the rigors and medications involved with routine dental care but not so large as to make the mother uncomfortable receiving care. IF you experience bleeding of the gums seek dental attention right away with out delay. It is much easier to manage in the early stages. Dental diseases can affect the fetus and oral bacterial are transferred to newborns. Discourage people with oral diseases from contacting (infecting) your child.
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry
In brief: Regular visits
Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for pregnant women.
While we avoid any non-essential treatment in the first trimester, routine procedures are otherwise completely fine during pregnancy (including x-rays) and should be considered part of a healthy pregnancy. The last thing we want is for problems to go un-diagnosed only to arise in your last few weeks.

In brief: Regular visits
Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for pregnant women.
While we avoid any non-essential treatment in the first trimester, routine procedures are otherwise completely fine during pregnancy (including x-rays) and should be considered part of a healthy pregnancy. The last thing we want is for problems to go un-diagnosed only to arise in your last few weeks.
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
In brief: Precautions
Caution is needed in the first trimester as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Please let your dentist know if you are pregnant.

In brief: Precautions
Caution is needed in the first trimester as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Please let your dentist know if you are pregnant.
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Dr. James Donley
Many studies are showing a possible link between periodontal disease and premature, low birth weight babies. While no definite proof has been show, some medical insurance companies are covering the pregnant woman for additional teeth cleanings. The mother to be should be sure to see her dentist before getting pregnant and be sure her gums are healthy.
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