The answers to your most pressing pregnancy questions.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for moms to be, but it can also surface lots of questions about your dental care that you didn’t expect. Merion Village Dental has your most pressing questions covered!

Do you have questions about your oral health and how it may be affected during your pregnancy?

We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we field from new moms-to-be. Our pregnancy FAQ’s provide you with simple and practical input into your dental care during your pregnancy months.

My semi-annual check-up is coming up. Should I keep it or cancel it until after I have the baby?

We recommend you keep your appointment. Our staff will ensure safe treatment and medications during your exam, and we think it is important to keep your appointments in order to check for any signs of periodontal disease or gingivitis.

Is it safe to get digital x-rays while I am pregnant?

While digital x-rays are an extremely safe technology, we recommend avoiding digital x-rays while you are pregnant. However, if a digital x-ray is necessary for your care, our team will take measured precautions in order to protect you and your baby.

My morning sickness is interfering with my ability to brush my teeth regularly. What should I do?

Try switching to a bland toothpaste that is recommended for you by one of our hygienists or dentists. You may also try rinsing your mouth out with water or a light mouth wash after experiencing morning sickness symptoms.

I have noticed there is a growth on my gums. Is this normal for pregnant women?

Some women may experience overgrowth of the gum tissue while pregnant, and you may here these bumps referred to as “pregnancy tumors.” These non-cancerous lumps are usually related to excessive plaque and normally disappear after your pregnancy. However, be sure to talk to your dentist if you experience these bumps.

Are there certain dental medications I should avoid while I’m pregnant?

Certain medications and prescriptions, such as tetracycline, can alter the formation of your child’s teeth. It’s best to inform your dentist of any dental products or medications you may be using so they can decide if your treatment should be altered.

My pregnancy is causing me to snack more frequently. Can this affect my teeth?

Frequent snacking can increase your risk of tooth decay, which is caused by plaque and sugars sticking to your teeth after eating. Be sure to try and brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water after snacking.

Is it safe to whiten my teeth while I’m pregnant?

While there is no hard evidence that proves that whitening your teeth while pregnant can be harmful, we recommend waiting until after your baby is born to work on brightening your teeth.

Does the calcium my baby needs come from my teeth?

Contrary to popular belief, the calcium your baby needs comes from your diet not your teeth. That is why is it important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet so your baby’s teeth, gums, and bones can properly develop.

Are you a mom-to-be who is coming in for an appointment?

We recommend telling our team up front the following items, so that we may properly treat you for your unique dental needs:

  • If you have a high-risk pregnancy
  • What trimester you are in
  • Any medications you may be taking
  • Any noticeable changes on your oral health
  • If you notice any loose teeth
  • If you notice any swelling, redness, or bleeding on your gums

Discussing your pregnancy with our dental team will ensure that you receive proper care and attention that will positively affect the oral health of both you and your baby!

Protecting your smile as well as your baby's smile is our first priority.

If you are expecting, we would love to answer any other questions you may have about your dental health. Chat with one of our friendly team members today!

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