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Should you visit the dentist while pregnant?

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Being pregnant can be a very exciting, but also stressful time, for many reasons. Physical and hormonal changes, often accompanied by nausea and fatigue, are only some of aforementioned reasons that can make pregnancy a sometimes trying time. Many patients ask if it is safe to visit the dentist while pregnant. The answer is a resounding yes, not only is it safe but it is recommended.

During pregnancy, several problems of the mouth can be more common. These include:


Can result from hormonal changes that exaggerate the response of the gums to bacteria. Many women will report that their gums bleed more during pregnancy, even if they are still brushing and flossing as usual. It can be distressing to see bleeding when there wasn’t any before. Maintain your healthy dental habits and your gums will eventually return to normal.


Dryness of the mouth or increased acidity due to vomiting, as well as changes to the diet such as increased snacking, can all lead to increases in the rate of dental cavities. Many people have heard the tale of how a mother had great teeth until she got pregnant and that her baby took all her calcium. Although the reason isn’t correct (a developing fetus can’t soften a mother’s teeth by removing calcium), the increase in dental problems can occur for the reasons above.

Swelling in the gums:

Also known as pyogenic granuloma, a round growth on the gums that can develop in response to hormonal changes. Its appearance can be concerning to patients, because it may resemble an abscess or tumour. It is however, benign.

Erosion of teeth:

Again, potentially caused by acidity from vomiting.


Because of this, regular checkups and cleanings are recommended as per the patient’s usual schedule. But what about dental work and emergencies? Many pregnant women are reluctant to proceed with x-rays and anesthetic out of a fear it will harm their developing baby. However the American Dental Associations and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both agree that in appropriate situations they are completely safe. Elective treatments and routine x-rays can be postponed until after delivery. But any emergencies or repair of cavities or broken teeth can and should  be treated. No single x-ray,  if necessary for diagnosing an emergency problem and taken with correct shielding of the body, can cause harm to the developing baby. And our dental anesthetic, lidocaine, is a Category B drug – safe for use during pregnancy. Ideally, the most appropriate time for dental work would be the second trimester but if you are in pain or have a broken tooth, do not delay! The risk of infection and stress of a painful or abscessed tooth is far worse for both mother and baby.

To help make the experience more comfortable, be sure to tell us that you are expecting. Let us know if lying too far back in the dental chair is a problem, or if you require an extra pillow or more frequent breaks. Making our patients comfortable in any situation is always on the top of our minds. Below are a few more links with more information. Have a great pregnancy!

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum Can Boost Your Oral Health


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Chewing gum isn’t only about freshening your breath. While that certainly is one benefit, especially depending on what you’ve had for lunch, did you know chewing sugarless gum can also prevent cavities and improve your oral health?

Chewing Gum Increases Saliva Flow and Prevents Cavities

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth. The saliva then washes away food and neutralizes acids, cleaning and protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

You’ll want to make sure your gum is sugar-free. While gum that contains sugar also increases saliva flow, the sugar actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth, putting you at greater risk of decay. We definitely don’t want that!

Most sugar free gum is sweetened with Xylitol. Unlike artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, xylitol is a naturally occurring product. And what’s more, xylitol can help decrease the amount of cavity causing bacteria sticking to your teeth.

Chewing Gum Helps Strengthen Tooth Enamel

Saliva contains necessary calcium and phosphate that strengthens tooth enamel. After a meal, reinforcing your enamel can be especially beneficial in fighting off bacteria and decay. Chewing gum can also be extremely beneficial in stimulating saliva flow in people who have dry mouth due to side effect of their medications or other reasons.

Look for Sugarless Gum with the ADA Seal

The ADA seal indicates that the gum has been tested and proven to do at least one or all of these three things: reduce plaque acids and cavities, promote remineralization of tooth enamel, and reduce gingivitis. If you want a sugarless gum you can trust to boost your oral health, look for the ADA seal. Here is a link to their website that shows all the recommended chewing gum brands.

Don’t Stop Brushing and Flossing

Even though chewing sugar-free gum can aid in keeping your mouth healthy, it should never serve as a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Your best defence against decay and dental disease is to brush teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste as well as floss once daily!

Attention: Technology Update at Dr. Seminara’s office

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I am pleased to announce a technology update that we hope will improve the patient experience at our office. Starting this week we will be using email and text messages to send out automated confirmations and reminders for our patient’s appointments. It is my job to be sure that all of our patient’s contact information is correct, so that they can quickly and easily confirm their appointments with the click of a button. In addition, the emails will come with a feature to automatically add the appointment into your digital calendar, and other useful information for patients. My goal is to provide patients with a more convenient way to maintain contact with us, and via text or email which they can answer any time of day, even after office hours, and it will be reflected in our schedule immediately. This should lead to less instances of “phone tag”, and less having to respond to voice mails. Of course, any patient who prefers to be contacted by telephone will absolutely still be! And we can always be reached by phone at our office number, 5148443112.

We have more plans for our technology updates in the future, and are constantly working to improve what we do and how we communicate with our patients. Eventually we would like to have the ability for patients to book their own appointments directly into our schedule online. We are also looking at methods of asking for feedback from our patients, so we can tailor any changes we make to what you find most important. Ultimately our goal is to make the administrative side of the patient experience as simple as possible. So please, whether by phone or by email, or whenever you are in the office, let me know how we are doing. Your input and suggestions are very appreciated!!!


Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from you,
Secretary to Dr. Seminara

Elizabeth, secretary to Dr. Seminara, is in charge of office administration and patient communication

Elizabeth, secretary to Dr. Seminara, is in charge of office administration and patient communication