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It is common for those who are pregnant to avoid dental care, a time when it is of utmost importance. At Dental West we take a proactive approach both leading up to and during pregnancy. Just as it’s vital to see the OBGYN before and during pregnancy, it’s vital to see the dentist before and during pregnancy.

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Many soon-to-be parents believe that it isn’t safe to receive anesthesia, sit for x-rays, or are so busy preparing for their new arrival that they ignore their own needs. Our very own Dr. Walter, a new mom herself, wants patients to know it is safe and essential to see the dentist while you’re pregnant! Get your cleanings, address any pain or discomfort, and be proactive about the treatments you need. The doctors at Dental West will certainly let you know if there’s any procedure that should wait until after your pregnancy.

Why is it Important to See the Dentist During Pregnancy?

The hormonal changes that pregnant bodies experience can wreak havoc on the mouth. The increase in blood going to your fetus, also goes to your gums, causing puffiness and swollen gums. The nausea from morning (or all-day) sickness can increase the acidity in your mouth, which may cause new cavities or acid erosion. Additionally, the increased inflammatory response associated with pregnancy may lead to more bacteria than usual sitting near the gums, which increases your risk of gum disease. On a very serious note, gum disease can cause preterm birth and low birth weight, so it is paramount that pregnant parents continue to receive their regular (and even increased) dental cleanings. Don’t hesitate to come in every trimester, or even more if needed.

Why is it Important to See the Dentist During Pregnancy?

The hormonal changes that pregnant bodies experience can wreak havoc on the mouth. The increase in blood going to your fetus, also goes to your gums, causing puffiness and swollen gums. The nausea from morning (or all-day) sickness can increase the acidity in your mouth, which may cause new cavities or acid erosion. Additionally, the increased inflammatory response associated with pregnancy may lead to more bacteria than usual sitting near the gums, which increases your risk of gum disease. On a very serious note, gum disease can cause preterm birth and low birth weight, so it is paramount that pregnant parents continue to receive their regular (and even increased) dental cleanings. Don’t hesitate to come in every trimester, or even more if needed.

Preparing for Pregnancy

We highly recommend being proactive and seeing the dentist before becoming pregnant. We appreciate that not everyone plans their pregnancy, but if you are planning to become pregnant or already are pregnant, please come see us! We can make sure you are at the peak of oral health so you can stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Leora Walter

EXPERTLY REVIEWED BY

Leora Walter

September 12, 2022

Dr. Leora Walter is a surgically trained prosthodontist and an elite dentists, with an expertise in cosmetic procedures at Dental West NYC on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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