pregnancy is not a reason to postpone routine dental care or treatment of acute and necessary conditions: we discover why
Pregnancy represents the most delicate and important moment of change for a woman, who can manifest and discover many new symptoms and conditions.
It is often believed that during these nine months it is not possible to perform routine or emergency dental treatment.
Today I want to tell you instead that we can and indeed, there are procedures that should not be avoided in pregnancy.
Pregnant women with periodontal disease and gum infections have been shown to be more likely to develop adverse pregnancy manifestations: premature birth, underweight, fetal developmental delay and a woman's preeclampsia.
Furthermore it is certain that the bacteria responsible for dental caries are transmitted from mother to child even when the teeth have not yet sprung.
Taking care of the oral cavity therefore becomes essential and the Ministry of Health declares that
"Pregnancy is not a reason to postpone routine dental care or treatment of acute and necessary conditions".
Let's see in detail what these procedures are:
The ideal time to perform the therapies is between the 14th and 20th week, but in case of emergency it is possible to act also in the third trimester.
The suggestion is, when possible, to go to the dentist or dental hygienist before gestation, to assess oral health conditions and take preventive action where necessary.
In pregnancy it is important not to underestimate the symptoms of the oral cavity and to turn on an alarm bell in case of bleeding, halitosis and gum swelling.
Tatiana G. Rizzati
DENTAL HYGIENIC AND BLOGGER