During pregnancy, a woman experiences a series of changes in her body that can lead to the appearance of problems in the teeth and gums. For this reason, special dental care must be taken to prevent possible bacteria from being transmitted to the baby in your womb.
During pregnancy it is very normal for women to consume more sugars, have more acidity in the mouth, have to eat more times a day, and therefore may develop some inflammation. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is one of them. The pregnant woman can receive dental treatment at any stage of pregnancy. However, it is the second trimester (between the fourth and sixth month of pregnancy), the most opportune time for this, since at this stage she enjoys greater stability, and there are fewer risks for the mother and the baby.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, it is contraindicated for the woman to take drugs, make X-rays, since they can affect the normal development of the baby. In this period, she should only perform emergency dental treatments, which she cannot postpone.
In the second trimester, the pregnant woman can carry out emergency treatment, and X-rays with protection (apron and thyroid collar lined in lead).
And in the third trimester, only emergency treatments are advised. Visits to the dentist should be short, and X-rays should always be taken with protection. In the case of women who need local anesthesia, it will be the professional who takes care of them, who will choose the most appropriate anesthetic.
In all stages, it is very important that women increase their oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth daily, use dental floss and interproximal brushes. During pregnancy, many women focus their attention more on the baby and end up forgetting about their own oral hygiene.
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