Is it important to see a dentist when pregnant?

Common query that almost every pregnant woman has. While consulting a gynaecologist regularly is a must for every woman, not many know the significance of consulting a dentist or following a strict oral care routine during pregnancy. Dr Devaiah Mapangada, Veteran Dentist and Chief Medical Officer of MobiDent says that it is important for every pregnant woman to get a dental checkup during pregnancy. This is because it not only helps in taking care of your dental problems or cleaning procedures but also can aid in the detection of pregnancy-related dental symptoms.

Whether it is a planned pregnancy or unplanned, the first three months of pregnancy are very critical for the developing fetus as organ development starts to occur at this stage. Hence, the presence of any foreign body in the body can trigger a nauseating reflex, which is one of thecommon symptoms of pregnancy.

Also, during pregnancy, numerous hormonal changes occur in the body that can put you at risk of developing a gum disease or an infection, which can affect the health of your developing baby. If a pregnant woman suffers from any infection that can pass the blood-brain barrier, then the chances of the developing fetus to get affected are high. Hence, the first three-month of pregnancy, every woman must ensure to stay away from infection, especially the ones that cause blood infection and might affect the blood-brain barrier.

Also, stay away from medications that can pass the blood-brain barrier such as tetracycline (which impairs the bone development) and thalidomide (which has an affect on the growth and development of the growing fetus).

If you dentist recommends any tests or dental procedures, then it is wise to do it during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy as it is comparatively safer to proceed with the dental surgeries (if required) during this stage. As hormones are kicked in at the first few months, it might make you little at a higher risk of infections. Also, the risk of bleeding, pustules in the gum or gum disease increases during pregnancy. To avoid these complications, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day, floss and use a milder mouthwash.

You can even rinse your mouth with warm water and salt to prevent dental infections. However, your dentist is the right person to tell you the right approach to treatment based on the severity of the dental problem. So do visit a dentist if you experience any oral symptoms to prevent health implications on the fetus.

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