Many pregnant women struggle with their oral health during pregnancy. This is because of all of the hormones running around in her body. This can lead to bleeding gums, increased cavities, and even increased tooth sensitivity.
If you notice that you are struggling with these issues, the best answer may be to get a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth. However, is that a safe option while you are still pregnant?
The Truth About Fluoride During PregnancyWhat a lot of people don't realize is that each time they drink their tap water in most communities, each time you brush your teeth, and each time you rinse your mouth with mouthwash, you are getting some fluoride.
It is in all of these things. While you likely do not swallow any large quantities of mouthwash or toothpaste, you should be drinking lots of water while pregnant. This means your baby is already exposed to some, which is fine.
When it comes to a fluoride treatment during pregnancy, it is considered totally safe, just as long as you do not swallow any of the fluoride directly. You will swallow tiny bits in the few minutes following your mouth being rinsed out. However, don't swallow any large amounts as this can upset your stomach, plus give you too much fluoride at once.
If you aren't quite sure what is safe during pregnancy and what is not considered safe, you have two options. First, you can contact your OB and ask them for what they would consider safe. Next, you can contact us.
We have a list of procedures that are safe while pregnant, along with a list of procedures that should wait whenever possible. We want to help you keep up with your oral health, but we won't do anything that exposes you or your child to danger in the process.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (602) 789-3799 today.