Guest Post by Dr. Amanda Tavoularis (dentably.com)
While you’re pregnant or breastfeeding it’s very important to stay healthy and watch what you put into your body. What you put into your body eventually makes its way to your baby and it’s important to protect them. One area that has a lot of misconceptions for pregnant and breastfeeding women, is dental health. There are many myths out there on what you can or can’t do, and following some of them can be detrimental to your overall health. I’ve been a dentist for over 20 years, and I’ve heard my share of falsehoods. I’m here today to shed some light on 3 of them, and help you keep your mouth and body healthy.
You Can’t Go To The Dentist While Pregnant
This is simply not true, it’s perfectly okay to go to the dentist while pregnant, and in fact it is encouraged. There are many issues that can be brought on by poor oral care that require a dentist to address. Not going to the dentist can be very harmful for you and your baby as it will leave any issues unaddressed. These issues can then get worse overtime, and ultimately lead to serious issues down the road.
It’s also okay to do most dental procedures while pregnant or breastfeeding. The majority of procedures are safe, and many will actually be encouraged to prevent further complications. As always, talk to your dentist if you have any concerns, they will be able to guide you in the right direction. Some procedures can wait, but others will need to be done right away depending on their severity. Your dentist will be able to make that determination, and get your mouth back to a healthy state.
My Oral Health Doesn’t Affect My Pregnancy
Another common misconception is that your oral health doesn’t affect your pregnancy. That’s not true, as oral issues can spread throughout your body, and cause many different kinds of complications. You should keep up with your normal dental routine during your pregnancy, and, as mentioned above, continue to see your dentist on schedule.
For example, gum disease has been linked to premature birth. This is due to the bacteria causing the infection spreading, and wreaking havoc on the rest of your body. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your oral hygiene. Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep the rest of your body healthy too. Luckily, preventative care is one of the best things you can do for your mouth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash go a long way for your oral health.
You Can’t Have Sedatives or Medicine While Breastfeeding
In many cases, it is okay to take sedatives or medications while breastfeeding. There are many types of medicine made specifically to be safe for mothers who are breastfeeding.
It’s important here to note that not all medications are safe though. That’s why it’s important to let your dentist know before they prescribe anything that you are breastfeeding or pregnant. They will make sure to avoid any medications that might cause issues.
Many sedatives and anesthetics are also safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. As always, talk to your dentist and let them know your concerns so they can provide the proper type for you and your child.
Dispelling these and other dental myths is important to help keep pregnancy and breastfeeding women healthy. Oral health plays a big role in your overall health, so it’s important to keep up with it. Whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t let false myths keep you from living your healthiest life.