Submitted by: Dr Reshma Phulwar

In my 15 years of practise, I have had many expecting mothers with concerns for Dental treatment during pregnancy. Infact may prgnant woman do not seek dental treatment, maybe out of feat or neglect. AS A RESULT, MANY OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN, DO NOT GET NECESSARY DENTAL TREATMENT ON TIME. For all expecting mothers, I advise Regular dental check-ups and preventive dental cleanings during pregnancy which is not only safe, but is recommended too.

During pregnancy, sometimes gums swell and bleed due to rise in hormone levels. This in turn can trap food in teeth and between gum line, causing increased irritation to your gums. Various Research has linked poor dental conditions to pregnancy complication such as preterm delivery and low birthweight babies. Hence, I advise all pregnant women and women trying to conceive must see their dentist regularly, at least every 6 months.

Dental treatment for cavities while pregnant should be done to reduce the chance of infection. If dental treatment is necessary during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.

The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after the birth. However, sometimes emergency dental treatment such as a root canal or tooth extraction necessary, should be done by an experienced Dentist only.

Suggestions during pregnancy :

– Consult a dietitian for a balanced diet.

– Try and avoid excessive sugary foods to reduce chances of getting a


– Brush your their teeth thoroughly twice daily and floss.

– Change your toothbrush every 2 / 3 months and especially after any


cold or sore throat or any illness.

– Have a preventive dental check up teeth cleaning with an experienced

dentist, if necessary done during your pregnancy.

– Any cosmetic procedures like smile design, teeth whitening should be

preferably avoided. Especially teeth whitening, since peroxide used

in bleaching causes an oxidative process, and oxidation can be

harmful to tissues and cells.

– Let your dentist know you are pregnant.

– Postpone non-emergency dental work until the second trimester o

until after delivery, if possible

Maintain healthy circulation by keeping your legs uncrossed while you sit in the dentist s chair.

By practising good dental hygiene and care before, during, and after pregnancy, every woman can ensure that her teeth remain healthy for a long time.

Please feel to contact me for any of your dental concerns at my Chembur or Bandra clinic in Mumbai, India.


Dr Reshma Phulwar ( Gidwani )

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