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Teeth Cleanings and Dental X-rays Found to be Safe for Pregnant Women

Posted under Dental Health Tips on December 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

During pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to avoid seeing the dentist due to safety concerns.  The unfortunate result is that these women are not getting the dental care that they need.  Research reveals some alarming facts:  According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 35% of women (both pregnant and non-pregnant) report that they haven’t been to the dentist within the past year, and approximately 40% of pregnant women in the United States have some form of periodontal disease.  Still, some people might wonder whether it is safe for pregnant women to undergo dental cleanings and X-rays.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a leading group of physicians providing health care for women, has declared that teeth cleanings and dental X-rays are indeed safe for pregnant women.  As a result, ob-gyns are now encouraging patients to see a dentist during pregnancy being and are advising them to undergo routine oral health assessments at the first prenatal visit.  The College has also noted that oral health problems are associated with other diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections; therefore, routine dental care for pregnant women is not only safe, but highly recommended.

This is all great news, since it means that pregnant women do not need to choose between safety and routine dental care.  Dr. Huang and Dr. Lien would like to emphasize the importance of regular dental checkups for pregnant women and for anyone who wants to maintain their health and their bright smile.  Santa Teresa Dental is always accepting new clients, so give us a call at (408) 782-6568 or e-mail us at, and stop by our office inMorgan Hill to see our state-of-the-art equipment and meet with our friendly staff.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Source: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists