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Groton / Mystic CT Dentists: Can Pregnant Women Go To The Dentist?

In a recent article titled, OB-GYNs Encourage Pregnant Patients To See a Dentist, posted in American Dental Association News, written by Craig Palmer, the article states:

Teeth cleanings and dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women, according to recommendations issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). OB-GYNs are being advised to perform routine oral health assessments at the first prenatal visit and encourage their patients to see a dentist during pregnancy.

“Oral health is an important component of general health and should be maintained during pregnancy and through a woman’s lifetime,” the committee said. “Maintaining good oral health may have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other disorders.”

The ACOG committee recommends that obstetricians and gynecologists:

  • Advise women that oral health care improves a woman’s general health through her lifespan and may also reduce the transmission of potentially caries-producing oral bacteria from mothers to their infants.
  • Conduct an oral health assessment during the prenatal visit.
  • Reassure patients that prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions, including dental X-rays (with shielding of the abdomen and thyroid) and local anesthesia (lidocaine with or without epinephrine) are safe during pregnancy.
  • Inform women that conditions requiring immediate treatment, such as extractions, root canals, and restoration (amalgam or composite) of untreated caries, may be managed at any time during pregnancy. Delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.
  • For patients with vomiting secondary to morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, or gastric reflux during late pregnancy, the use of antacids or rinsing with a baking soda solution (i.e., 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water) may help neutralize the associated acid.

Source: ADA News, September 16, 2013 – Volume 44 No. 17

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