Is Teeth Cleaning Safe During Pregnancy

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Photo of a pregnant woman standing outside of Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WAPregnancy is an exciting time in life. This period also comes with significant lifestyle changes. When you are pregnant, the food you eat fuels two people. Anything you ingest goes to the baby through the bloodstream. Therefore, besides avoiding alcohol and smoking, you are advised to avoid excess caffeine and undercooked meat and follow the instructions given by your dentist.

Dental Cleaning and Pregnancy

Dental cleanings are safe during pregnancy. However, it is advisable to take care not to ingest certain substances. The use of fluoride or dental polish in small amounts is not harmful. The only issue is during the third trimester. That is because you might experience discomfort while lying on your back for the cleaning process. Due to this, you might want to schedule your cleaning before the third trimester.

It is also good to do dental examinations, but do not worry about X-ray radiation exposure. This is because the X-rays are highly directional and emit low radiation. Therefore, if the dentist suggests an oral X-ray, ensure they know that you are pregnant so that they can provide extra protection to shield your abdomen, just as a safety precaution.

Why Is It Important During Pregnancy?

Dental cleaning is safe and beneficial during pregnancy. This is because it helps to get rid of the excess bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria, if not removed, might be swallowed, where it will remain in the body. Moreover, excess bacteria might lead to the development of periodontal diseases like gingivitis as well as abscessed teeth. An abscessed tooth can become an emergency. That can be due to the spread of the infection in the tooth, which could spread throughout the body.

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Dental cleanings are important to our oral health and overall. It helps in keeping your smile bright and your mouth healthy, even during pregnancy. Our team of dentists will perform an excellent cleaning and ensure that your oral health is taken care of.

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