The Journal of the American Dental Association has confirmed that dental treatments involving anesthesia are safe for pregnant women. It is a long-standing myth that while with child, women should avoid visiting the dentist. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Some studies even suggest that soon-to-be-mothers are more susceptible to tooth decay and other oral health issues. The study conducted by the journal found no evidence that dental treatment with anesthesia causes harm during pregnancy.
The study involved the analysis of a group of pregnant women who were exposed to dental treatment with anesthetics and a control group that did not. The researchers were able to conclude that local anesthetics during pregnancy did not cause an increased risk for medical problems in newborns. The study specifically looked for problems such as cerebral palsy, cleft lip and heart defects. Also explored were rates of miscarriages, premature deliveries and birth weight between the two groups, finding no differences.
According to a recent Dentistry Today article, other studies have found that many pregnant women don’t seek dental treatment, despite the fact that oral health is vital during pregnancy. The authors of the study suggested that it was crucial for dentists and physicians to encourage their patients to maintain oral health during pregnancy to prevent problems down the road.