I’m pregnant. I can’t go to the Dentist.

Congratulations! People will say anything not to go to the dentist. Only kidding…

I would like to break this down in three parts:

Part One- Hygiene

You MUST have your teeth cleaned during your pregnancy. Uncontrolled periodontal disease results in statistically lower birth weight babies. Obviously it’s best to deliver a well nourished healthy baby. Newborns need that reserve to transition safely into the stresses of the post partum world. Healthier gums and teeth results in a more robust newborn. Best advice to keep gums and jaws  healthier, is with diligent prophylaxis care. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition of hyper reactive bleeding gums due to normal changes associated with the  pregnancy. I feel so strongly about an additional hygiene visit during the pregnancy  such that I offer the prophy visit for FREE; that’s irrespective patients having dental insurance or not. Insurance companys will not pay for the additional visit. New parents have enough expenses to look forward too. We call it the “Prego visit”, it’s complimentary in my office.

Part Two -Restorative work and medications

It’s okay to deliver injectable dental anesthetics. Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time. Antibiotics and Tylenol are safe to the fetus as well.

Part Three- Radiographs

Routine x-rays, typically taken during  exams, can usually be postponed until after the birth. X-rays are necessary to perform many dental procedures, especially emergencies. According to the American College of Radiology, no single diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus.

As always, it’s best to consult with your M.D. prior to seeing me for any dental work. I will always contact your M.D. directly to deliver specific details of any of your potential needed treatment.


Dr. Emilio & Associates,  Always Accepts  New Patients. He especially exceeds at treating same day emergencies patients suffering from tooth ache pains.

His goal is to keep his patients’ Teeth and Gums Healthy For Life.

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