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Is teeth cleaning safe when pregnant?

Posted on 7/24/2023 by Star Orthodontics
Is teeth cleaning safe when pregnant?Teeth cleaning is very safe when pregnant. Keeping up with your dental appointments is paramount for both you and the unborn baby.

The importance of professional dental cleaning

Besides the usual home dental care practices of brushing twice a day and flossing, professional cleaning is also needed. Pregnancy comes with so many cravings which means you are eating every other time. Coupled with morning sickness and the constant vomiting, you will realize that there is just so much going in and out of your mouth during pregnancy. It is therefore easy for acids, bacteria, and food debris to be left behind in the oral cavity. Professional dental cleaning comes in handy to get rid of the build of plaque that accelerates the onset of cavities. It is during dental cleanings that our doctors can treat any form of infection that could be arising.

Pregnancy gingivitis is common in pregnant women. The gums tend to become easily irritable by tartar and may end up swelling and bleeding. As a result of such sensitivity, you may not be able to clean your teeth as thoroughly as you ought to. That is where dental cleaning by experts comes in handy. If gingivitis is left untreated, it may progress to periodontitis. Research shows that periodontitis can result in preterm labor among some women. Besides, the bacteria in the oral cavity could pass to the unborn child. When this happens, the child may eventually struggle with cavities too early in their life.

Tips on the best position for a dental cleaning while pregnant

Our doctors will position you in such a way that your feet are slightly higher than your head and in a semi-reclined position. To avoid nausea or dizziness dentists may place a pillow under your hip to guard against low blood pressure. You can be sure that movement will be flexible so that you are as comfortable as you need to be. What then is the conclusion? It is safe to seek professional dental cleaning while pregnant. Our team of dental experts is committed to providing you with the best dental care throughout your pregnancy.

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