I’m pregnant with my first child and everyone is telling me I need to switch to a holistic dentist during the pregnancy or the dentist will use materials which will hurt my baby? Is this true? If so, how did babies do so well before holistic dentists? It doesn’t seem like a legitimate need to me but at the same I don’t want to put my baby at risk.
Welcome to the wonderful world of self-doubt which tends to live within caring moms throughout their child rearing years…and beyond. Some of your gut reaction is accurate. Babies have done fine for many years before holistic dentists even existed.
Also, just because someone isn’t a holistic dentist doesn’t mean they are going to automatically give you something which is bad for your baby. Like in any field, there are good dentists and bad dentists. There are dentists who will listen to your concerns and dentists who won’t.
Benefits of a Holistic Dentist
Let me start by saying that Holistic Dentistry isn’t a specialty. It’s just a philosophy of care that some general dentists hold to. Some call themselves holistic dentists so that patients can know what their philosophy is. Others, just go about their practice with that philosophy.
There are some benefits for both you and baby to see these type of dentists.
- They consider the health of the whole body and not just the health of the teeth.
- They will never use a known toxic substance in treatment, such as a sliver filling (which contains mercury). Instead, they’ll use mercury-free composite fillings.
- They are more willing to listen to concerns, such as metal sensitivities than other dentists.
Bear in mind, as I said above, there are dentists who would do that who don’t call themselves holistic. So here is my recommendation.
If you like your current dentist, stick with him or her. If ever an issue comes up that you’re uncomfortable with and he or she is unwilling to listen to you, then you can switch.
If you are not happy with your current dentist, then this could be a good time to try another one.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
Make sure you keep up with your cleanings and checkups even when you’re pregnant. If at all possible, schedule your checkup during your second trimester. This is the most comfortable period of a pregnancy. You will be past the nausea stage, but not yet to the “I feel like an elephant and can’t get comfortable” stage.
Don’t put off treatment if you have a dental emergency. I know you’re worried about things like antibiotics and such, but an infection in your body can be passed on to your baby and is linked to low birth weight. Better to get an infected tooth treated than to leave it.
Your dentist will know what precautions to take. If you’re still concerned, you can always ask your obstetrician to consult with your dentist.
Congratulations! Take a deep breath and go see your dentist.
This blog is brought to you by Lafayette Dentist Dr. Ashley Price.