THE IMPORTANCE OF VISITING YOUR DENTIST
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.