Seeing the dentist regularly is an important part of taking care of yourself, and it is important to do so while pregnant. This means that you should continue to see the dentist during your pregnancy. Of course, you might be looking for a little bit of advice about this, especially if it is your first pregnancy. Luckily, these tips should help you out.
Let Your Dentist Know You Are Pregnant
If your dentist does not already know that you are pregnant, make sure that you provide this information when you book your appointment or when you arrive at the office for your appointment. Overall, dental care is considered to be safe during pregnancy, but you and your dentist might decide to avoid certain anesthetics and dental procedures until after you have given birth. Additionally, your dentist can watch out for signs of dental issues that might be related to problems like gestational diabetes.
Schedule Your Appointment for the Right Time of Day
It is true that "morning sickness" can happen at any time of day, but some pregnant individuals find that they suffer more from nausea and vomiting in the morning or during other specific times of the day. If this is the case, keep this in mind when scheduling your dental appointment. After all, the last thing that you might feel like doing when dealing with morning sickness is going in for a dental appointment.
Inform Yourself About Your Baby's Dental Care Needs
Of course, when your baby is first born, you should not have to worry much about them needing to see a dentist. However, within the first year of your baby's life — typically within about six months after their first tooth erupts — you should take them to the dentist, and this time can go by more quickly than you think. Therefore, when you see your dentist during your pregnancy, you can ask about things like whether or not their office offers dental care for babies. If so, they can provide you with more information about the dental care that they can provide for your little one when they are ready. If not, they can provide a good recommendation about a pediatric or family dentist in your area that can provide your baby with the dental care that they will need after they are born.
Contact a dentist for more information. They can help you determine best practices for getting a dental checkup while pregnant.