Relative dental treatments such as cosmetic procedures and tooth extraction should be postponed and performed after birth because they may expose the developing embryo to some health risks. There are effects on medication used during dental works; a common used drug for dental works is Lidocaine and it may cross the placenta after being administered into the body. Dental works require antibodies to treat and prevent infections. Antibodies labeled as category B are safe to use during pregnancy. They includes, penicillin, clindamycin and amoxicillin.
Routine X-rays should also be postponed until the baby is born. X-rays are essential in performing dental procedures, unfortunately, they have radiation which is strong enough to cause severe effects to the developing fetus.
It is important to have regular visits to a dentist when you are pregnant and to follow your schedule for regular dental care. During pregnancy, it is advisable to clean your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day. You should also have regular visit to a dental office so as to get a dental hygiene performance such as removal of tartar left on your teeth during a normal routine cleaning. When you visit a dentist, you should tell him or her that you are pregnant and if possible your due date. This information is crucial as it helps the dental team to provide you with the best care depending on your condition.