It is normal to have questions during this exciting transition. The patient’s hormone levels during pregnancy will fluctuate and can cause gingival swelling, bleeding, and increased irritation. Due to this and multiple other factors, dental cleanings and bi-annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are strongly recommended. Preventative dental visits are essential to avoid any type of long-term inflammation including gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.
If dental work, such as cavity fillings of crowns, is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. The safest course of action would be to postpone all elective dental treatment until after birth. If it is an emergency, please consult your dentist before continuing with treatment.
We look forward to seeing you and your little one (in or out of the womb) very soon!
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