(Closed) Avoiding the dentist in pregnancy :/

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

Well, I went to the dentist early in my pregnancy and my next appointment is scheduled less than a month before my due date… But, I’ll be honest- I’m totally considering postponing that appointment just because I feel like I will be too uncomfortable! I actually really dislike going to the dentist but it’s definitely more unpleasant when I skip appointments, so I do make an effort to stay on top of things… But if you are generally healthy and on top of your brushing and flossing, you should probably be OK. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Weddingobsessed:  I am 20 weeks pregnant today. I haven’t been to the dentist in years out of shame of what bulimia has done to my dental health. Now, in recovery and pregnancy, I have decided that this is the time to turn it around…. I am going to take care of my baby, my mental health, my physical health, and my dental health. I have my first dentist appointment this Friday. I know they won’t be able to do everything (can’t take xrays bc of baby), but I am nervously excited to get it over with! Feel no shame. You are so far along, I dont see any harm waiting until baby is born for your next check-up.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

It’s considered important enough that here in the UK pregnant women get their dental checks and treatment for free. 

 

ive known friends be uncomfortable but they’ve just gone anyway. dentists will have seen it all before. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I haven’t had a cleaning in about the same amount of time :/ I just got new insurance that includes two free cleanings a year so maybe Now all my excuses are gone! Nothing to say but give some solidarity, you’re not alone haha 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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DaisyBlossom:  

I’ve been waiting until I got pregnant to go to the dentist because I knew it would be free! 

I’m a terrible person… XD

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yikes, I haven’t been to the dentist in years… Many years now that I think of it. I don’t plan on going during my pregnancy. I’ve never had so much as a cavity so I’m not too worried, but I definitely plan to go after baby is born. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i go to the dentiest every 6 months, for a short time i had an insurance that covered 3 cleanings a year and i loved it.  i was there at about 8 weeks, and again last week when i was 35 weeks.

teeth health is especially important during pregnancy.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t avoid the dentist, but last cleaning they said they needed to replace an old filling and then life blew up and I couldn’t make the appointment and didn’t rebook. Now here I am, 24 weeks pregnant, with a chipped tooth in the exact same place. I’m getting it looked at today.

GO TO THE DENTIST. DON’T WAIT.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m just genuinely curious because I’ve never been pregnant, but why would you feel uncomfortable going to the dentist because you’re pregnant?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had morning sickness until a little over 20 weeks so I definitely didn’t feel in the mood to go to the dentist (we go every 6 months) BUT I knew it was so important for a healthy pregnancy so I forced myself to go. I chose to skip the polishing (I knew the gritty texture of the polishing stuff and spraying water would make me gag) but did the scaling, because to me that was the most important part other than having my teeth checked over by the dentist. They also suggested I skip the flouride rinse so that I wouldn’t have to swish it around and keep it in my mouth for a minute when I didn’t feel well. They said they weren’t concerned since I normally have the flouride rinse every 6 months. Obviously it’s super important to tell them that you’re pregnant at the beginning of the appointment, but also don’t be shy to suggest ways that they can accomodate you to make you feel more comfortable 🙂 Dental health is so important, especially in pregnancy, and usually if you put it off it ends up being more work/more expensive in the long run.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went into labor the day I went to the dentist At 38w! That being said I had a membrane sweep the day prior to get things moving along so it was expected 🙂 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

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IzzyBear:  well, for me the reason I am considering pushing back my appointment is not necessary discomfort at being at the dentist, or any more than usual, but since I’m pretty physically uncomfortable already this pregnancy (back pain etc) I’m just concerned I won’t be able to handle lying still for the whole time at 35 weeks!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Stephefanie:  I went at 38w the day I went into labor and it was just fine. It only takes about an hour really and if you get uncomfortable just tell them you need a break. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i’d go before giving birth rather than after.  i had 2 appointments during my  pregnancy the first time. i was actually unexpectedly comfortable in the chair the second time and it’ll be way harder to go when you have a newborn

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