Pregnancy and the Dentist?

Pregnancy and the Dentist?

Visiting a dentist whilst pregnant is highly recommended for your well being and that of your unborn child.

Routine dental treatment is safe during pregnancy, although some procedures or medication should be avoided in the first 3 months, but this is something that Dr Mendelsohn can discuss with you at the time. We are a family run business and Dr Mendelsohn is a father of two young children and he is here to help you and you family with their on going dental care right from in-utero into older age.

Help stop gum disease that could lead to premature birth or a low birth weight baby.It is important to keep teeth and gums healthy during and after pregnancy to

  • Stop transfer of decay-causing bacteria from you to your baby. If your teeth and clean your child is less likely to suffer from decay

Pregnant women who experience morning sickness with vomiting and/or acid reflux are at high risk of tooth erosion (Tooth erosion is the gradual wearing away of the enamel on your teeth)

To reduce risk of tooth erosion and damage to your teeth after vomiting/reflux you can:

  • Rinse your mouth immediately with water or a mouth rinse
  • Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva to neutralise and wash away acid.
  • Smear a little bit of toothpaste over your teeth with your finger.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to avoid damaging softened enamel surface.

Many women can develop gum disease during pregnancy because of natural hormonal changes in the body. If gum disease becomes severe, the infection can affect an unborn baby’s development.  Severe gum disease in an expectant mother can increase the risk of premature birth and of delivering a low birth weight baby. There may be possible long-term health risks for a child born prematurely or of low birth weight.

Signs of gum disease include: bleeding gums, red gums (instead of pink), swollen gums, bad breath.  If you suspect you may have gum disease, give us a call on 9225 654 we can treat it easily and quickly.

Smoking while pregnant is not good for you and your unborn baby and it can also lead to gum disease. If you smoke, consider quitting. For more information on this have a look at the following website


Healthy food whilst pregnant

So if you are pregnant

East Well-eat a well-balanced diet including food high in calcium and include lots of fruit and vegetables.  Try not to eat too much processed sugars.

Clean well-Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.  Floss at least once a day

Drink Well-Drink lots of tap water

Visit your Dentist-You should visit us at least every 6 month so you maintain good oral hygiene and stop any problems before they become big one!!! So when you are planning on getting pregnant make sure you are up to date with your check ups and when you find out you are expecting make sure you make an appointment to make sure everything is healthy and well.


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