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Re­mem­ber that the den­tal work that can be done dur­ing preg­nancy is very lim­ited and only pre­cau­tion­ary. “If things go wrong, it is re­ally hard to treat. That is why I strongly rec­om­mend that preg­nant pa­tients prac­tise good mouth hy­giene, but also have their teeth cleaned pro­fes­sion­ally. Most gov­ern­ment clin­ics of­fer a clean­ing ser­vice (by a den­tist or oral hy­gien­ist). A ba­sic clean­ing at a pri­vate prac­tice usu­ally starts at an af­ford­able rate of around R250,” adds Dr Sher.

“If you re­ally have to have work done, then the safest time to do so is the sec­ond trimester. You can­not have X-rays taken and if you ur­gently need to have X-rays taken, make sure your body is cov­ered by a lead blan­ket to pro­tect the baby,” says Dr Sher.

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