Maternal Dental Care

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Maternal dental health is vital for the overall health of both you and your baby. There are several conditions that can affect your dental health while pregnant so it is important to visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy.

Smita Mehra

A word from Dr Smita Mehra, Principal Dentist

We are a family-owned practice and, as a mother myself, we fully understand the importance of dental care and oral health before, during and after pregnancy. We are here for you and your family as every stage of life and specialise in all forms of family dentistry.

Alongside appetite and hormonal changes during pregnancy, there are also several other conditions that can have a significant effect on your dental health while pregnant. Similarly, oral conditions such as periodontal disease can increase the risk of pregnancy related conditions such as pre-eclampsia.

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Regular brushing, flossing, maintaining a balanced diet and also visiting the dentist will help in preventing any dental problems that may appear throughout the duration of pregnancy.

Maternal Dental Care at the Neem Tree

We are a family-run practice and we are here for you and your family at every step of the way.

We recommend that, whenever possible, a full dental check-up is carried out prior to becoming pregnant in order to complete any outstanding dental treatment as required. Although carrying out dental treatment is possible during pregnancy, it is best avoided, especially in the first and third trimesters.



The Neem Tree
Wandsworth Dental Practice

515 Old York Rd, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TF
Call: 02088 700 030
Email: [email protected]



The Neem Tree
Esher Dental Practice

138 High Street, Esher, KT10 9QJ
Call: 01372 464 000
Email: [email protected]

Fee Guide

Emergency Dental Appointments£95
New Patient Examinationfrom £75
Digital X-rayfrom £17
OPG X-rayfrom £75
CT Scan (both arches)from £220
CT Scan (single arch)from £150
Simple Tooth Extractionfrom £260
Tooth Extractionfrom £460
Wisdom Tooth Extractionfrom £650
Tooth Fillings (Small)from £200
Tooth Fillings (Medium)from £260
Tooth Fillings (Large)from £310
Root Canal Treatmentfrom £940
Sports Mouthguardsfrom £200
Mouthguard for grinding£450

Maternal Dental Care FAQs

Can you have an x-ray while pregnant?

It is advised to see your dentist before the pregnancy to in order to carry out any outstanding treatment required. In addition, routine dental treatment is best avoided in the first and third trimesters and any major procedures postponed until after the baby is born, unless of course there is an emergency.

Advances in technology have made dental X-rays much safer and the use of lead aprons during x-rays can reduce the radiation to mother and baby. Nevertheless, X-rays are usually avoided in the first trimester and only taken if absolutely necessary.

How important is diet during pregnancy?

It is very important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy for the health of both baby and mother. Avoiding sugary cravings is important as they can eventually result in tooth decay. Try and maintain a healthy diet including nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables containing all the important vitamins and minerals for both baby and mother.

Vitamin C is important to maintain healthy gums and an effective immune system for mother. Baby’s teeth start forming 6 weeks into pregnancy, vitamin D and calcium will help produce healthy teeth in addition to strong bones. Multivitamins are a very good source of some of the key vitamins and minerals and can complement a balanced diet, you can ask your midwife for further advice on this.

What are the most Common Oral Conditions in Pregnancy?

Pregnancy gingivitis

Studies show that the most common oral condition experienced by pregnant women is a form of gum disease known as pregnancy gingivitis. This consists of red, swollen and bleeding gums and normally begins in the second month and peaks in month eight. Hormonal changes during this period exaggerate the way gums react to the build-up of dental plaque on teeth. Therefore, the best way to prevent this is to brush and floss regularly to prevent the build-up of plaque. Visiting the hygienist regularly can also help in maintaining healthy gums and good maternal dental health.

Enamel erosion

For some women, morning sickness is a major symptom of pregnancy and can be very distressing. Stomach acids from frequent and excessive vomiting can soften the surfaces on the teeth. It is therefore important not to brush right away after vomiting, as it will brush away the softened tooth surface. In order to neutralise the acid in the mouth after vomiting, rinsing the mouth with a mixture of baking soda (1 teaspoon) dissolved in a cup of water will help prevent softening of the tooth structure. Furthermore, the use of a fluoride mouthwash will also help strengthen the teeth.

Pregnancy granulomas

These are small red swellings on the gum line that occur in about 10% of pregnant women. They usually develop in the second trimester and disappear after the baby is born. They are not harmful, but if the swelling is painful or causes speech problems you may need to seek the advice of your dentist or GP in order to have them removed.