Should I see my dentist during pregnancy?

Faut-il consulter son dentiste pendant la grossesse ?

Can I go to the dentist during pregnancy?

Going to the dentist during pregnancy is possible, and even recommended. It is advisable to make an appointment during the second trimester of pregnancy to have a complete check-up.

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Why is it important to go to the dentist during your pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, your body undergoes many physiological and hormonal changes. These changes affect your skin, but they can also affect your oral health, i.e. your gums and teeth, by promoting inflammatory reactions and bleeding. This phenomenon is amplified if you bleed regularly from your gums before your pregnancy.

Indeed, when you are pregnant, your gums are more sensitive to dental plaque and especially to the bacteria it contains. Why is this? With the hormones linked to pregnancy, the gums of the pregnant woman will react in an exaggerated way to the presence of dental plaque. It can thus become red, swollen and bleed easily. This is called gingivitis. It must be treated quickly to avoid any complications by going to the dentist. Some women will also develop a benign tumor called "epulis". This tumor is not dangerous and disappears after delivery.

Frequent vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy can also damage the pregnant woman's email, because of the acidity of the bile. This causes hypersensitivity to hot and cold and pain.

Inflamed gums are a pathway for germs. If left untreated, cavities can develop into toothache and even abscesses, i.e. an acute infection. Similarly, an untreated infection can increase the risk of premature delivery.

Can poor oral health lead to premature delivery?

As we've just explained, gingivitis is a fairly common inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is an infectious disease that can affect one or more teeth and corresponds to the destruction of the periodontium (the tissue that supports the tooth and includes the gums, bone and ligaments). You can then find yourself with a loosening of the teeth and irreversible consequences on your teeth. In addition, bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and reach the placenta. The periodontal disease thus involves risks of premature delivery, preeclampsia and low weight baby. But rest assured, these diseases are easily preventable with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist. Moreover, a preventive oral examination is covered by the health insurance at 100% and without advance payment. If you suffer from gingivitis or any other dental problem, we advise you to consult a dental specialist as soon as possible to avoid any complications during your pregnancy.

What dental care is available during pregnancy?

Dental care is possible during pregnancy, and even recommended! If you are planning to have a baby, you can even go to the dentist before getting pregnant to check the condition of your teeth, whether you have cavities or any particular problems. The dentist can take the opportunity to do a scaling if necessary, as well as all the necessary care for your health.

Then, when you are pregnant, schedule a visit to the dentist during your second trimester. This is a highly recommended exam, and the health insurance company sends all pregnant women information on the oral exam to be done. This examination is fully reimbursed by the social security and without advance payment.

Is it possible to have x-rays during pregnancy?

To treat certain acute problems such as abscesses, X-rays may be necessary. Despite what you might think, it is possible to have X-rays even when you are pregnant. You can have a panoramic x-ray to check for cavities. The radiologist will make sure to protect the fetus from radiation by putting a lead apron over your belly. It is also possible to have a general anesthesia when you are pregnant, but most of the time, we avoid interventions that generate too many constraints with multiple appointments etc...

What dental hygiene to adopt during pregnancy?

To have an adapted dental hygiene, use a toothbrush which under soft. This type of toothbrush avoids the bleeding that can occur when you brush your teeth. To avoid nausea and vomiting, which, as said before, can weaken the tooth enamel, prefer a smaller toothbrush. If you vomit, avoid brushing your teeth immediately afterwards: the saliva must cover the enamel of your teeth to protect them. Instead, you can rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash.

During pregnancy, you should take extra care with your dental hygiene, prefer water to sugary drinks, and brush your teeth after every meal.

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