Congratulations. What better time to relax and indulge yourself and feel good about your teeth and your baby’s health.

We’ll treat you with extra care and we’ll help minimise any effects of the pregnancy on your teeth. Pregnancy causes a rise in hormones in your body. This may soften your gums, making them more susceptible to infection. Preventive dental cleanings and check-ups during pregnancy are safe and recommended.

We can show you how to floss and brush for healthy gums, what to do to maintain excellent oral hygiene and we can set you on a pathway to healthy teeth for your baby.

Please don’t forget to tell us if you’re pregnant.

Frequently asked questions

Can pregnancy cause damage to my teeth?

No. It is not true that pregnancy causes dental decay or calcium deficiency in your teeth.

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in your body which can cause soft or spongy gums. They are more prone to infection and bacteria and may, consequently, bleed. Gingivitis is common in pregnancy.

We’d love to help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

Do I need to make any changes in my diet?

A healthy, balanced diet is recommended. Calcium is vital for little growing bones so look out for calcium-rich food like milk, cheese, yoghurts and green leafy vegetables.

My gums are bleeding

Pregnancy gingivitis could be the cause. We can help you to minimise any red, swollen, sensitive or bleeding gums.

Increased inflammation is commonly seen in the second month of pregnancy and reaches its maximum around the eighth month.

It is due to an increased level of progesterone and oestrogen in your body. These hormone levels rise up to the eighth month.

In the ninth month, the hormone levels reduce, commonly reducing the amount of inflammation.

Regular check-ups, brushing twice a day, careful daily flossing and the use of a mouthwash (no swallowing please) can ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible. Please refer to our section on gingivitis.

What about regular dental work during pregnancy?

Dental treatment is safe during pregnancy, and routine check-ups and cleaning are extremely beneficial.As with any medical procedure, we will always strongly recommend that any non-essential work be delayed until after your baby has been born.

However, sometimes emergency dental work such as a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary.

In such cases, there are steps that we take to protect your baby. E.g. delay treatment until after your first trimester, when foetal organ development occurs, and by using low dosage X-rays to reduce radiation (90% lower than standard x-rays.)

What about amalgam (silver-coloured) fillings?

The Department of Health and the British Dental Health Foundation have advised that pregnant women should not have amalgam fillings replaced or removed until after their baby is born. This is because there is a danger that mercury, contained in amalgam fillings, could be passed through the placenta and breast milk.

Can I whiten my teeth?

Elective treatments, such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after the birth. It is best to avoid exposing the developing baby to any risks, even if they are minimal.

What about x-rays used in dental work during pregnancy?

We recommend that routine x-rays, usually taken during check-ups, are postponed until after the birth. We follow the Department of Health guidelines. If you do, however, need an x-ray, we can help to minimise any radiation. We’ll recommend that you wait until after your first trimester. And our high-tech digital x-ray machine delivers 90% less radiation than regular x-rays.

I am breast-feeding, can I have an x-ray?

It’s fine to have x-rays and it won’t affect your baby.

What about local anaesthetic used in dental work during pregnancy?

There is no evidence that local anaesthetics are harmful in the early stages of pregnancy. Very large doses of particular local anaesthetics can have harmful effects later on in pregnancy, especially around the time of delivery. The amount of anaesthesia administered should be as little as possible, but still enough to make you comfortable.

We are happy to discuss options with you.

Can I take antibiotics?

Dental work often requires antibiotics to prevent or treat infections. Antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and clindamycin, may be prescribed after your procedure. Analgesics (e.g. paracetamol, aspirin, Nurofen) should not be taken in pregnancy without consulting your doctor.

What about flouride?

Fluoride protects developing teeth from cavities. It’s not known whether fluoride poses any risk to the foetus so, it’s best not to take fluoride beyond the small amount added to our drinking water.

The use of supplemental fluoride in pregnancy is controversial. Some studies have shown that children whose mothers received fluoride during their pregnancies developed fewer cavities. Other studies have found no benefit.

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