Dental Care During Pregnancy

There are a number of normal activities you stop doing to maintain a safe pregnancy, but going to the dentist doesn't necessarily have to be one of them. A study published by the American Dental Association assures women that essential dental work is safe during a large part of the nine months.

Researchers reviewed the results of the Obstetrics and Periodontal Therapy Trial, where hundreds of pregnant women between 13 and 21 weeks along and showing signs of periodontitis received deep cleaning. Additionally, a portion of these women underwent treatment for cavities, fractures or abscesses, which require topical or local anesthesia.

Ultimately, they found no risk or adverse effects associated with the anesthetics or the treatments themselves.

Experts urge women in the early stages and farther along in their pregnancies to refrain from elective dental care, so if you have a dental issue during these periods, confer with your dentist and OB-GYN to determine if it's safe to pursue treatment. And of course, cosmetic dentistry can wait until after the baby arrives.