Dentistry in Pregnancy



Every dentist advises their patients to have frequent checkups. Patients who are expecting may not realize the significance of this. With the excitement of preparing for the next chapter of their lives, they may forget to visit.

It is our responsibility to educate pregnant women about the necessity of visiting the dentist. Maintaining a healthy and effective oral hygiene practice during that time could help you avoid gum disease.

Aside from detecting the patient’s baby bump or having them inform us via medical history paperwork, there are a few other ways we can detect pregnancy, including through the oral cavity.


Gingivitis and Periodontitis


Patients may notice spontaneous gum bleeding or bleeding after brushing their teeth.

The following are some of the factors that can induce this:

– Brushing fails to remove tooth plaque (possibly because of a gag reflex or feeling nauseous while brushing)
– Diseases or other causes. Pregnancy hormones (mostly estradiol, estriol, and progesterone).
– Due to the deposition of tooth plaque, this causes gingival irritation. This multiplies, boosting blood flow to the gums, causing them to become red, inflamed, and sensitive.


Periodontitis and tooth movement might result from poor dental care.

Increased plaque levels can cause germs to multiply even more on the root surfaces. Deep pockets form between the gums and the roots as a result of this.

The gingiva tends to retreat, exposing the roots and further destroying the tooth-supporting bone. The teeth may become movable as a result of various factors.


What we can detect: pregnancy granuloma



Pregnant can result in the creation of pregnancy granulomas or epulis, in addition to the overall changes to the gums.

They frequently present as pedunculated, asymptomatic, red and fleshy, enlarged benign masses interproximally, despite their menacing appearance. Usually occurs in areas where gingivitis has already developed.

Because they are highly vascularized, they tend to bleed frequently and quickly. Especially if they make chewing difficult.

Regnancy granulomas develop in response to hormonal fluctuations. These are common during pregnancy, particularly when plaque levels are high, which can lead to gingivitis.

The good news is that you can inform your patients that lesions normally fade after birth when hormone levels fluctuate. However, a good dental hygiene routine is still required.






Increased acids cause dental erosion, which is the loss of the surfaces of your teeth.

This could be due to what they’re eating or the acids in their stomach contents, which can go back into your mouth as a result of morning sickness.

The acid will erode your teeth. Many patients, however, are unaware that brushing their teeth after morning sickness might further damage and destroy the enamel surfaces.

It is critical to inform patients that rinsing their mouth with water rather than brushing their teeth soon after these incidents is the best way to eliminate the taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dental check-up process?

Firstly, your dentist in Smile Hub will ask you some medical questions. Existing patients may be asked to confirm any changes since their last visit. It is important that your dentist is aware of any changes to your medical history.


Oral Examination:

Your dentist will examine inside and outside your mouth including your jaw joint. Your dentist in Smile Hub will examine your teeth, your gums, tongue, cheeks, roof of your mouth and floor of your mouth. Both existing restorations such as fillings and crowns will be assessed including teeth that are unrestored. Your dentist will also examine your bite and if you wear a removable partial or complete denture this will be inspected.



Your dentist in Smile Hub will examine your gums. Your gums are as important as your teeth as they are the “support structure” for your teeth.



At frequent intervals your dentist may require x-rays as part of your dental check-up. These are small, low dosage x-ray images which help your dentist to assess your tooth/teeth structure, supporting bone and existing filling and crown restorations. Your dentist in Smile Hub may also require a large full mouth x-ray called an OPG. Please inform your dentist if you’re pregnant prior to having x-rays taken.


Teeth Cleaning:

At Smile Hub your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth cleaned during your dental visit. A simple scale and polish or airpolish procedure is important to better assess your teeth and gums. Occasionally plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth making assessment of your teeth and gums more challenging.

What happens after my dental check-up?

Once your dental exam is over a treatment plan will be discussed with you. This treatment plan is a list of dental treatments required and their associated costs. A printed copy of this treatment plan will be given to you. Advice on all aspects of your treatment is available with your dentist at all times.

When will my recall appointment be scheduled?

After your treatment is completed and if your check-up requires no intervention, your dentist will recommend the appropriate time for the next dental check-up/recall. The reception staff will have your details on file and will ensure that you are called back at the appropriate time. If you need to see us sooner than that, please contact Smile Hub Dental Clinic on 01 5253888 or Book Online Now and we will help organise this for you.

How long does a dental exam take?

The length of a dental exam depends on the patient and the dentist. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, it usually only takes a few minutes to examine the teeth and take x-rays if they are needed. If the dentist finds anything that may need treatment during the examination, they will take their time to explain to you in detail what it is and the possible treatment options available. You can also ask the dentist any queries you may have regarding treatment. A treatment plan will then be made and given to you at the end of your appointment.

Can treatment be done on the same day as an exam?

In some cases, treatment can be done on the same day as an examination. If it is a short examination appointment and the dentist has other patients after this they may suggest coming back in for treatment. If you have just booked in for an exam but the dentist has time free after your appointment, they may be able to do the treatment there and then. In the case of an emergency appointment, we will always give extra time for emergency treatment to be completed as soon as possible.

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