Whilst we do recommend that more complex dental treatment be postponed until after pregnancy (excluding emergency dental treatment), routine dental treatment such as checkups and hygienist visits are important during pregnancy, and it is completely safe to attend these appointments whilst pregnant. If you have recently become pregnant, or suspect that you are pregnant, it is always best to make your dentist or hygienist aware of this so they may factor this into the treatment they provide for you.
Due to hormonal changes that occur throughout pregnancy, pregnant people are more likely to develop gingivitis, and may notice increased bleeding from the gums during cleaning. If a patient has pre-existing gum disease, this needs to be treated in order to maintain oral health and general health overall; therefore, routine cleaning appointments with your dental hygienist are still vital during pregnancy.
Nausea and vomiting can be common especially during the first trimester. If you do vomit, it is important not to brush your teeth for at least an hour, as tooth enamel weakened by acid will be damaged by brushing. Rinsing with fluoride mouthwash is recommended to ensure dental erosion does not occur.