Expectant mothers often wonder if it’s safe to undergo dental procedures while pregnant. The answer is “yes.” The American Dental Association and American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology concur that it’s OK to have preventive, diagnostic, and restorative dental procedures during your pregnancy. Oral hygiene is especially important during pregnancy, including regular brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups and cleanings. Due to ongoing hormonal changes, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis and gum disease has been linked to pre-term labor, low-birth-weight babies, and even systemic infections.

Local anesthetics such as lidocaine as also safe. X-rays are also OK as long as the appropriate protective gear is placed over the patient’s abdomen and throat area. In any case, it’s always best to first consult with your OB if you are considering any type of dental work. If you are pregnant, please let us know when scheduling your appointment. We will make every effort to ensure that your dental visit is comfortable and safe for you and your unborn baby.

Please watch our video to learn more about your oral health connection and pregnancy.