Pregnancy and Dentistry

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD

As with many events, pregnancy is a beautiful and big change in any woman’s life. It can bring along significant hormone changes and fluctuations that alter the whole body and sometimes we don’t think that pregnancy will affect the mouth, but yes, it surely does.

Since pregnancy brings so many changes, we always ask that our expecting mothers have their initial obstetric evaluation in order for us to provide an even more accurate and comprehensive oral evaluation. Sometimes we notice an increase of bleeding gums that will usually resolve after delivery. Due to this, we might recommend an additional cleaning during the pregnancy so we can closely follow any changes. Of course, it is also our responsibility to take excellent care of our pregnant patients since we are taking care of mom and baby at the same time. We like to advise our pregnant mothers to have elective dental treatment done after delivery. But in some cases, the patient is in pain, and we can’t wait that long. Pain surely causes distress to both mother and baby due hyperactivity of the endocrine system causing release of several adrenal hormones involved in the pain response. And of course, we would like to get rid of the pain as soon as possible. Ideally this would be done during the second trimester, which would be the safest period to perform dental treatment.

Each one of our patients is unique and we strive to provide the best treatment according to specific needs and circumstances. If you are pregnant and in need of a cleaning, please call us today to schedule your pregnancy check-up!