For decades there are myths that have circulated in regard to visiting the dentist while pregnant. At L&R Dental, our courteous Toowoomba dentists are here with the right knowledge in order to put your mind at ease. Take a look at our blog article below to see 5 myths busted in relation to pregnancy and oral health.
1. TEETH LOSS DURING PREGNANCY
There’s an old myth that says: “gain a child, lose a tooth.” This, thankfully, is simply not true. Women do not lose their teeth during pregnancy so don’t panic.
2. DENTAL TREATMENTS ARE NOT SAFE DURING PREGNANCY
Another myth debunked. Dental treatments can be carried out carefully by our qualified dentists. Local anaesthetic can also be used for pregnant women if required. Before performing any dental procedures—especially ones involving anaesthetic—it’s important to inform your dentist of what stage in the pregnancy you’re at.
3. PREGNANCY DOES NOT AFFECT THE HEALTH OF MY TEETH & GUMS
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pregnant women are typically at a higher risk of developing oral health problems. This is because hormonal changes can lead to an increased response to plaque and bacteria build-up, which, if left untreated, can snowball into bigger problems with your teeth and gums. By seeing your dentist at least once during your pregnancy is an effective way of having your oral health monitored and treated.
4. DENTAL X-RAYS ARE HARMFUL DURING PREGNANCY
Dental x-rays these days use very low doses of radiation and as a result, are very unlikely to have any effect on your unborn baby’s development. If you are concerned, get in touch with our friendly dentists today to discuss more.
5. MORNING SICKNESS HAS NO LASTING EFFECT ON YOUR TEETH
Morning sickness, which is common during the first trimester, causes frequent vomiting. Unfortunately, vomit is highly acidic and can cause lasting damage to your teeth if left untreated. After vomiting it’s important to gargle a mouthful of water then brush your teeth in order to remove the vomit residue.
Myths are often incorrect, especially when it comes to the medical industry. At L&R Dental, it’s our duty to debunk dental-related myths and misinformation and put your mind at ease while at our clinic. To surmise, being pregnant does not disqualify you from seeing the dentist. In fact, we encourage it. Call us today on 07 4632 1374 or book online to arrange your next appointment with our dentists in Toowoomba.