Breastfeeding & Dental Work

Breastfeeding & Dental Work

If you’re a new mom or about to become one, you’re probably used to putting your own needs behind those of this beautiful new little person in your life. But good mouth hygiene is still important to keep you and your baby in good health.

If something happens and you need dental work, that shouldn’t stop you from nursing or from getting the care you need. Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre can explain why it’s safe and important for a woman at this time in her life to put her own health needs first.

Are Dental Procedures Safe for Breastfeeding?

You shouldn’t be shocked to hear that breastfeeding mothers can safely brush and floss their teeth every day. In fact, it probably hasn’t felt this nice before! It’s a good idea to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible, especially since you’re probably eating everything in sight and maybe even some sweets.

We know how hard it is to take care of yourself when you have a new baby, but you deserve to be healthy, and a healthy mom is a better mom. As your body goes through big chemical changes, it’s important and helpful to be proactive. Also, what mom has time for a long dentist appointment? Take care of your oral health now to avoid problems in the future.

If you’re a breastfeeding mother who needs dental work, you’ll be happy to know that most treatments won’t hurt your milk or your baby. You will only have to stop breastfeeding for the short time it takes to get to the dentist, and the following dental procedures are still safe while you are nursing:

  • X-rays
  • Wisdom teeth extraction
  • Root Canal
  • Fillings
  • Teeth whitening
  • Routine cleaning

Are Dental Drugs Safe for Breastfeeding?

Your body does a great job of breaking down medicines and other substances before they get into your breast milk, so the old practice of “pump and dump” isn’t suggested as much anymore. Most drugs used in dentistry should wear off as soon as the treatment is over, so you can go back to nursing your baby as soon as you get home. All of the following drugs, which are often used in dentistry, are safe for nursing mothers:

  • Novocain
  • Local anesthetic
  • Nitrous oxide
  • General anesthesia
  • Antibiotics

More Information

The book “Medication and Mother’s Milk” by Dr. Thomas Hale is a great way to learn more about how safe drugs are while nursing. Before getting any oral care, you should always tell your dentist everything about your health and get your pediatrician’s OK. Most dental work can be done while a woman is still breastfeeding. In fact, sitting quietly in the dentist’s chair may be the best time you spend alone all week.

Just remember that taking care of your own dental needs is important for you and your baby’s general health. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a monthly cleaning or any other kind of dental care you might need.

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