A new study shows that pregnant women can safely undergo essential dental treatment and receive local anesthesia at 13 to 21 weeks’ gestation. Obstetricians generally consider dental care safe for pregnant women but supporting clinical trial evidence had been lacking. To address this issue, researchers at the U. of Minnesota School of Dentistry compared safety outcomes from a trial in which pregnant women received scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) and essential dental treatment. The women’s medical records were reviewed to monitor for adverse reactions. The results of the study showed that periodontal treatment, essential dental treatment and use of local anesthetics were not associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes. So if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it’s a good time to visit my Long Island dental office for an examination and tooth cleaning.
During pregnancy, the body’s hormone levels rise considerably. Gingivitis, especially common during the second to eighth months of pregnancy, may cause red, puffy or tender gums that tend to bleed when brushed. This sensitivity is an exaggerated response to plaque and is caused by an increased level of progesterone in the system. We may recommend more frequent cleanings during the second trimester or early third trimester to help you avoid problems.
It’s especially important to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. Studies indicate that pregnant women who have severe periodontal (gum) disease may be at increased risk for pre-term delivery, which in turn increases the risk of having a low-birthweight baby.
If you are planning a pregnancy, be sure to schedule a dental checkup. If you are pregnant, don’t forget to continue your regular dental visits, and call our Long Island Dental office if you notice any changes in your mouth during your pregnancy.