Dr. Robinson is now a Rock Hill expert on pregnancy and oral health. Her little girl is due in January, 2017. We can’t wait to welcome Liddy to Cranford Dental!
Contact Cranford Dental if you have questions for Dr. Robinson or need to make an appointment.
I want to take the best care possible of myself and my baby while pregnant. I would like to help other moms do the same. Dr. Elizabeth Robinson
Myth or Fact: It is none of my dentist’s business whether I’m pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Myth. Your dentist needs to know if you are trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant. It is best to get fillings or necessary dental work done before becoming pregnant.
If you are pregnant your dentist and hygienist will take special precautions regarding any radiographs or treatment needs. She will also be able to explain to you what to expect and how to best take care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy.
Tell your hygienist that you are pregnant at the beginning of your appointment. She will discuss in detail what you need to do to care for your teeth and your baby’s health.
Myth or Fact: The developing baby will deplete calcium from Mother’s teeth and lead to decay in the mother’s teeth.
Myth. Your baby needs calcium to grow. Most of this calcium comes from the mother’s diet. None of the calcium required for baby’s development or growth comes from the mother’s teeth.
Some mothers develop decay during or after pregnancy. This is usually related to acid from vomiting or from an increased intake of sugar due to pregnancy cravings.
Myth or Fact: Mother’s gums will bleed more during pregnancy.
Fact. Changes in hormones during pregnancy may lead to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Mother may notice that her gums are more inflamed and red during pregnancy. This may make brushing more uncomfortable. This does not mean she should not brush.
In fact, proper oral care, including brushing and flossing, may help reduce the symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis. A professional dental cleaning during pregnancy is also important for optimal gum health. Mother’s gum health usually returns to pre-pregnancy status after baby is born.
Myth or Fact: Mother should avoid any dental x-rays or dental treatment while pregnant.
Myth. At Cranford Dental, we usually defer routine radiographs until after pregnancy. However, if a mother is having any pain or swelling in her mouth, it is much better to take a low-radiation digital radiograph to make a proper diagnosis than to leave a condition undiagnosed or untreated during pregnancy.
Certain conditions, such as gum or dental infection, could cause harm to mother and baby if ignored. Talk to your dentist and OB/GYN about making the best dental decisions for you and your baby.
Being pregnant helps me advise other moms to be. I am certain that being a mom will help me as I care for children in our office. Dr. Elizabeth Robinson
Call our office at 803-324-7670 to make an appointment or contact Cranford Dental to schedule time to discuss caring for your teeth during pregnancy.