Common Misconceptions - Dentistry and Pregnancy
Many expecting mothers either have been told that they cannot see a dentist during pregnancy or may have been turned away by dentists with outdated beliefs or fears of litigation if something were to happen to the baby. This belief has led to many problems in pregnant women because untreated dental problems can in themselves lead to complications with the unborn child, even proving fatal.
While dentists certainly need to know if their patients are pregnant in order to properly treat them, this is no reason for a patient to be turned away. Primarily, most dental problems could be corrected or treated if caught early, and those that would have been passed on to the child would likely be prevented. Recently many state organizations and trusted dental associations have released information from studies that address the problem, assuring the public that treatments such as anesthetics are safe for pregnant women. Even the New York Times addressed the issue. It is growing less common, but slowly.
There are many reasons for progressive dental problems during pregnancy, including an increase in gum disease in women due to hormonal change during pregnancy, a lack of dental treatment, overlooked oral problems by obstetrician gynecologists, and even improper self-medication by mothers attempting to alleviate the pain caused by periodontal disease and infections. In cases such as this, both the problem and the improper treatment can adversely affect the unborn child. Many states have taken additional steps to correct this issue and help both mother and child by adding dental assistance through Medicaid and other insurance plans.
If you or someone you care about is expecting, prompt them to go in for a checkup with their dentist. If the dentist refuses to see them due to pregnancy, find another dentistry professional who does not subscribe to outdated fears and beliefs. It could save the life and wellbeing of the child. If you are in the Westborough area, the respected dentists in our dental office would be happy to schedule an appointment.
Contact the friendly staff at All Dental’s local dental office for more information.