Q: Should pregnant women avoid the dentist until after delivery?
A: The best thing a pregnant woman can do for both herself and her baby is to continue regular dental visits. For one thing, a bacterial infection in the gum could affect the placenta, the organ that links the fetus with the mother’s uterus. There has been some concern over the years about a link between periodontal disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies.
Pregnancy is a joyous time. Let your dentist know about your pregnancy at the first opportunity. A woman’s body functions change significantly during pregnancy. Fluctuation in estrogen and progesterone levels and other hormonal changes can affect the body’s response to the bacteria, mentioned above, that cause gum infection. So the need for dental care during pregnancy actually increases. Knowledge of your condition will also affect the decisions the dentist makes regarding the use of certain sedatives, like nitrous oxide, and prescriptions he or she may recommend.
At some point during a nine-month period, you will be due for one of your six-month visits to the dentist. And as your obstetrician or general physician would tell any mother-to-be, the best way to keep an in-utero baby healthy is to keep mom healthy.
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