What Type of Dentistry is Best for Me During Pregnancy?

Pregnant women have to be careful about everything that goes into their bodies, and that includes dental care. Laser dentistry offers plenty of benefits (see Why Should I Seek Out Laser Dentistry [link to blog]), but is it safe if you’re expecting a child?

In fact, dental laser treatment is safer for pregnant women and their fetuses than many of the traditional dental treatments.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby

Oral hygiene is more important while you’re pregnant than at any other time. It is estimated that half of all pregnant women will develop gum disease.

Women who are pregnant know that changing hormones affect them emotionally and physically, but often do not know hormones also affect their oral health. Hormones related to pregnancy cannot cause periodontal disease, though they do make gums more sensitive; they bleed more easily and are more susceptible to the bacteria that can lead to gum disease.

It is important to remove the plaque and bacteria that can irritate a pregnant woman’s mouth and progress to more serious issues.This is considered preventative dentistry.

If gums are allowed to become or remain infected and inflamed, they can begin to swell leaving more room for plaque to take hold. The bacteria that creates periodontal disease can also cause pregnant women to lose teeth just like everyone else. More significantly, the same bacteria can be dangerous for the baby during its development. Bacteria enters our bloodstream pretty easily. In pregnant women, bacteria also enters the fluids related to the fetus and womb. This can lead to low birth weight and premature birth.

Your Leesburg dental staff at Dr. Kokel’s  will examine your teeth, mouth and gums to keep them healthy during your pregnancy.

Avoid Anesthesia

Often laser dentistry is painless. The medical profession recommends pregnant women stay away from local anesthetics unless absolutely necessary. You can undergo dental laser treatments without anesthetic.

Just remember, not every dentist is equal in his or her ability to use dental lasers or perform laser dentistry. The staff at Dr. Deidra Bird Kokel’s office are highly trained professionals you want to trust when you’re expecting, so give us a call when you’re ready.