FAQs on Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

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If you’re pregnant, you already understand what a hectic time of your life pregnancy can be. You might have thought that you’d spend this phase resting, but lots of women find that between visits to the doctor’s office and the hospital and time spent baby-proofing the house and setting up the nursery, there seem to be too few hours in the day. As your dental healthcare provider, we’d be remiss not to endorse that you ensure visits to our office remain a regular part of your schedule; pregnancy is one of the most vital times of your life to maintain solid dental health.

The following are a few queries we get about pregnancy and oral care:

Is it really safe to visit the dentist while I’m pregnant?

Yes, and major organizations in both dentistry and other health fields endorse it. The American Dental Association (ADA), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend oral procedures during pregnancy.

When should I let your office know that I’m pregnant?

If you are at our office and receiving dental procedures, please tell us about it if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. We will use this data to adapt specific services and medication suggestions. If you know that you have become pregnant, contact our office to schedule a visit so we can make a customized service plan for you and your baby.

What can happen if I neglect my dental treatment during pregnancy?

If you’re not adamant about practicing awesome dental hygiene while you’re pregnant, you could form or aggravate disorders like pregnancy gingivitis, a type of periodontal disease that forms during pregnancy as you are eating higher-than-usual amounts of calories and raising your risk of gum inflammation, swelling, and tenderness. You could also go the full nine months without noticing any oral hurt, but underlying sicknesses could be wreaking havoc on your teeth and affecting the well-being of your child.

Please play it safe during pregnancy and make dental appointments a priority. We care about your health and the welfare of your child, and we’ll do all that we can to assist you to have a safe pregnancy. Call us at 847-577-7440 now to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. Willis Jensen at Willis J Jensen DDS in Arlington Heights, Illinois