Toronto Pregnancy and Dental Care
Patients who visit Dr. Sol Weiss at his Toronto practice are surprised to learn just how important dental health is to general wellness. This helps explain why Dr. Weiss’ practice offers the latest in advanced restorative dentistry treatments for the teeth and gums, with a focus on general health.
The importance of good dental health is worth considering with regard to pregnancy and childbirth, which is why we’d like to look into the issue in more detail right now.
Can my dental health impact my pregnancy?
To a certain extent, yes.
A number of studies have shown that poor dental health, particularly gum disease, can increase the chances of of birth defects and premature birth. This doesn’t mean that gum disease causes these things to occur per se, but that gum disease is one of many signs of poor general wellness that can impact the health of the mother and her developing child.
This is all just an important reminder that your dental health is part of your general wellness, and that you should never take your teeth and gums for granted.
Dental Care Prior to Pregnancy
If you are planning to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to meet with your dentist and general practitioner to have your general health assessed. Any major dental work or medical treatment can be carried out before pregnancy in order to promote good overall health leading into your pregnancy.
Dental Care During a Woman’s Pregnancy
During pregnancy, women should attend their routine checkups as schedule. Cleaning and basic treatments can be performed at these times. Be sure to discuss any vitamins, supplements, and/or fertility medications that you are taking with your dentist as these may have a potential impact on your dental health.
If you should experience any potential dental health or general health concerns at any time during your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to speak with your dentist or doctor so these matters can be considered promptly.
Avoiding Dental X-rays and Major Dental Work for the Safety of the Baby
In order to ensure the safety of the child, dental x-rays and major dental work will be avoided until after childbirth. Even though radiation exposure from dental x-rays is low, taking extra precautions to ensure the health of the baby is ideal. Similarly, the use of dental sedation during pregnancy will be avoided simply for the safety of the baby and the mother.
The only time that x-rays and major dental work will occur during pregnancy is if a woman is facing a major dental health emergency. In these cases, all safety measures will be taken in order to prevent harm to the mother or the baby.
Dental Care Following Childbirth
After childbirth, regular dental care treatments and services can proceed as normal. If you had major dental work postponed, it can be performed at this time.
Bringing Your Baby to the Dentist for the First Time
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to bring your baby to the dentist for the first time roughly six months after the emergence of the first baby tooth.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Sol Weiss
For more information about undergoing dental care during your pregnancy, it’s important that you contact our advanced cosmetic and restorative dental care center today. Dr. Sol Weiss and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you having a healthy and beautiful smile.