I have been obsessed with getting pregnant because we have been trying for over a year to get pregnant. Good news, we are expecting! I have done a ton of research about getting pregnant and have all the doctors set and decided from my OB all the way to my pediatrician. But, I didn’t think about dentistry. I’m wondering if I need to make the switch to a holistic dentist for the duration of my pregnancy. I assumed my dentist would understand my apprehensions. But when he tried to give me an x-ray last week at my regular check-up, I’m doubting he will be the right fit during pregnancy. Do you have any advice on the subject?
-Kendra in Kentucky
It sounds like a congratulations is in order! That is such exciting news. It is understandable that you want nothing but the best for your unborn child and that you would consider switching to a holistic dentist.
First, you need to relax. Added stress and anxiety during pregnancy only increases risk. Try to take it easy. Your regular dentist didn’t necessarily do anything wrong though.
Here’s a little background on pregnancy and x-rays during dental treatment. Dental x-rays are typically considered a safe practice because they have low radiation. Most offices utilize digital x-rays so there is even less radiation exposure. Another factor to consider is that they are focused on such a small area so the scatter is low. The protective lead apron is also there for the safety of you and your unborn child. All that to be said, there are some OB doctors that recommend avoiding x-rays. If that is the case, your doctor can provide you with those recommendations so you aren’t put into a compromising position again. So you can stay with your regular dentist. Yet, it is your choice to make the switch if you are in anyway comfortable. Discuss it with your OB to get further peace of mind and their insight on the matter.
Optimum oral health is essential during pregnancy. Bacteria and gum disease can negatively impact birth weight so it is important to seek regular dental care during pregnancy.
A holistic or natural dentist will take added precautions. If you require invasive treatment, it may be best to put it off until after the baby is born. Again, it’s best to build consensus and buy-in from your OB and run any specific treatment options through them.
Thank you for your question. Enjoy every moment of your pregnancy.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.