Maintaining good general health is extremely important during pregnancy, both for the mother and for the developing fetus. Dental health is an important and essential component of overall health. Cleanings and the necessary diagnostic x-rays are highly recommended during pregnancy. Although many are concerned about the health risks, taking diagnostic x-rays during pregnancy are not harmful to the mother or the baby. In fact, it is considered harmful to both the mother and the baby to postpone routine dentistry (cleanings and fillings) during pregnancy. According to a recent publication by the Connecticut State Dental Association, Considerations for the Dental Treatment of Pregnant Women, “Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, including necessary dental radiographs (x-rays), fluoride, and the use of local anesthesia, are beneficial and can be undertaken with no fetal or maternal risk when compared to the risk of not providing care.
Keep in mind that both dental cavities and gum disease are both active and progressive bacterial infections, which will get larger if not treated and can invade other parts of the body. As a result, dental treatment should not be postponed during pregnancy especially if there is any pain or swelling. This is important both for the general health of the mother and that of the developing fetus.