Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life, filled with joy and anticipation. However, it’s also a time when questions about healthcare, including dental care, may arise. At Y Bont Faen Dental Centre, we understand the importance of addressing these concerns and ensuring the well-being of both mother and baby.

Here are six common questions answered by Principal dentist, Dr Lara Welch:

  1. Why is dental care important during pregnancy? Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of periodontal disease and dry mouth. Brushing and flossing twice daily can help prevent cavities and reduce gum erosion. Additionally, vomiting associated with severe morning sickness can cause acid erosion of the teeth. Monitoring diet is crucial for supporting healthy teeth in both the mother and baby.
  2. Can I get my teeth cleaned during my second trimester? Yes, dental treatment is safe during every trimester, with the second trimester being the safest. However, if major dental work is planned, it might be advisable to consider waiting until after delivery.
  3. What types of anaesthetic are safe for oral surgery during pregnancy? Local anaesthetics are considered safe. If stronger anaesthesia is necessary, consultation with a GP or certified nurse midwife is recommended.
  4. Are dental X-rays safe during pregnancy? Modern digital radiography poses minimal risk, but precautions are taken to shield the abdomen.
  5. Which antibiotics are safe for tooth infections during pregnancy? Penicillin and amoxicillin are safe choices.
  6. What about dental care after childbirth? Continuing dental care postpartum is crucial. Regular brushing is important for both mother and baby. Scheduling the baby’s first dental appointment at six months or at the first sign of a tooth is recommended for early detection of oral issues.

At Y Bont Faen Dental Centre, we’re dedicated to providing safe and comprehensive dental care for expectant mothers. If you have any concerns or questions about dental care during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team or consult with your GP for guidance.