Dental Care Helps Patients Maintain Good Oral Health Throughout Pregnancy
Dr. Patrick Tanner has a unique approach to dental treatment. He offers his patients dental services that not only create a healthy and beautiful smile, but also promote our patients’ overall physical health and well-being. This holistic approach to dental care is ideal for all patients, but can be especially beneficial to those of our patients who are pregnant and looking for safe and pain-free dental treatment during this special time. Our preventative dentistry services help patients maintain good oral health to promote a healthy body. At South Ogden Smiles, pregnancy and dental care are treated with the highest degree of care and respect, allowing patients to receive quality dental care that meets their unique oral health needs during pregnancy.
Effects of Oral Health on Pregnancy
Because most patients tend to be extremely cautious during pregnancy, some women assume that it is safest to avoid professional dental care while pregnant. This is actually counterproductive to encouraging a healthy pregnancy. Studies show that poor oral health can actually have negative effects on a pregnancy. Specifically, women with gum disease (which becomes more of a risk during pregnancy) are more likely to go into premature labor or to deliver babies with low birth weights. In order to avoid an increased risk of these pregnancy complications, it is important for women to maintain good oral health throughout pregnancy. While good at-home care is important, the best way to monitor oral health and maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout pregnancy is to continue to receive routine dental exams and cleanings.
Ensuring Safety Throughout Pregnancy
Dr. Tanner understands that safety is the top priority for most pregnant women. The dental services offered by Dr. Tanner take into account the safety and comfort of all patients. With his holistic approach to dental care, all of the dental services provided by Dr. Tanner use the safest and most advanced techniques available. We offer the following services, which we feel are especially beneficial to our pregnant patients:
- Mercury-free dental fillings - These restorations are completely free of potentially harmful toxins
- Air abrasion treatment - This procedure eliminates decayed tooth enamel without the use of a needle or dental drill
- Ozone therapy - This is a chemical-free treatment that uses ozone molecules to encourage the growth of healthy tissue
- Digital x-rays - We use digital x-rays because they expose patients to 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays.
In addition to these practices, which are employed for all patients, we will be especially cautious with our pregnant patients. We work hard to ensure that our pregnant patients remain comfortable throughout all dental care and we will never provide dental services that are not absolutely necessary. Whenever possible, restorative dental care will be postponed until after a woman’s pregnancy is complete.
If you are pregnant and looking for a dentist who will take into account your whole body health while providing quality dental care, you will find what you are looking for with Dr. Patrick Tanner. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the preventative and holistic dentistry services offered at South Ogden Smiles. We look forward to hearing from you!