Post # 1
I have been hearing that you should tell your dentist that you are pregnant. Anyone know why? Especially if it is just for a routine cleaning?
Also, anyone notice a metallic like taste in the first trimester? I’m 6w4d and feel like I have a strange taste in my mouth that doesn’t go away with brushing. It’s not a smell, really, just an odd taste/feel. It takes away my appetite for things I used to like to eat. I don’t think it’s acid, since I don’t have any heartburn
Post # 3
You definitely need to tell them if they’re doing xrays – even bitewings.
Not pregnant or TTC, so I don’t know about your other question!
Post # 4
@stellabella: it’s always best practice to tell medical and dental professionals you are pregnant- they can offer advice on what to expect at upcoming visits, treatments they won’t or will be able to perform etc. metal mouth is totally normal and a common symptom- I think mine went away by week 10?
Post # 5
@stellabella: Def make sure you tell the dentist that you are pregnant. Your gums can become more sensitive during pregnancy which could cause excess bleeding during a cleaning & they may want to take xrays. I didn’t experience the metallic taste but I’ve read that its super common.
Post # 6
I had to tell my dentist because they had to get a release from my ob. Also, to echo pp, there can be issues with pregnancy gingivitis and whatnot, so the dentist likes to be informed.
Post # 7
Oral health during pregnancy is important because of the higher risk of gum disease, tooth decay (from acid build up), and other possible infections that could result in an increased risk to the baby (my doctor was telling me that there are some studies that show a link between gum disease and premature babies or babies born with low birth weight or other problems).
Hormones can really jack you up during pregnancy and as a result there are so many weird side effects, the metalic taste could be one of them so I’d make sure you mention to both your dentist and doctor. As others have said you should of course tell the dentist you are pregnant.
Post # 8
@stellabella: Ditto to most of these answers, although what I will add is that unless it’s an emergency, it’s best to have your routine dental work done in the second trimester. Although there aren’t contraindications to getting radiographs for emergency situations (like an abscess), I would defer xrays until after your pregnancy is over unless you suspect a problem. Better to be safe, right? But any dentist should know that. Haha. Also why they like to know 🙂
Post # 9
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I’ve heard it recommended to get a dental cleaning in the second or third tri due to rising hormone levels. I’ve got mine scheduled for after Turkey Day. 🙂
Post # 10
I’m almost at 12w and that metallic taste still hasn’t left! It’s so gross.
Post # 11
Exactly what cora 123 said! Personally, I put off the dental cleaning until I was about 20 weeks, safely out of the nausea stage and not yet into the uncomfortable being on my back so much stage. It helped, but I still had gaging problems.
Post # 12
@stellabella: yes definitely tell them. you’re good for a cleaning, but should you require any work they will want you to be in the 2nd trimester. i had a cleaning in my first and was fine. i have another scheduled for a few weeks and i’m in my 3rd tri now.
Post # 13
Your gums might also bleed a lot when getting cleaned because of pregnancy hormones. You want them to know WHY and not that it is something wrong with your at home care.
Post # 14
I’m 8.5 weeks and I went yesterday. I did tell them about being PG, and it didn’t change the procedure except we didn’t do x rays. However my gums were SUPER sensitive and swollen. Your blood volume increases a lot and it’s typical for your gums to swell so it might behoove you to tell them just so they can be more gentle.
The metallic taste is normal for some women from what i hear.
Post # 15
I Went at 8 weeks pregnant. I told them because I didn’t want an x ray unless completely necessary. il glad I told them because my hygenists really prepared me for things that can happen with your teethnand guns while pregnant. She also told me some insurance companies cover an extra cleaning while pregnant.
im glad my dentist knows because I need some work and he was able to find a way to do it without anY drugs.