Dental Care During Pregnancy
We encourage all of our patients to keep up their regular routine of preventive dental care. Routine dental exams are perfectly safe during pregnancy as are most minor dental procedures. The use of “novocaine” for dental procedures is considered safe, and taking penicillin if advised by the dentist is also safe. If dental X-Rays are needed, then the pregnant abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron. Some dentists will even “double-shield” which means using 2 aprons. This is okay, but probably more of a precaution than is absolutely necessary.
Risks of Poor Dental Hygeine
Studies show that women with poor dental hygiene are at risk for pregnancy complications, particularly premature labor and premature birth. One study showed that pregnant women with severe gum disease were 7 times more likely to deliver prematurely!