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You Can See a Dentist When You’re Pregnant

March 29, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 1:17 am

Pregnant woman laying in bedIf you have a bun in the oven, your dental health is important for you and your little one. Oral and general health are connected. Certain dental issues can affect your unborn baby, like gum disease. The infection is linked to premature delivery and low birth weights. Not to mention your risk of cavities and gum disease increases with pregnancy. Contrary to what you’ve heard, it is safe and encouraged for expecting mothers to receive dental care. You can see your dentist without worrying about additional expenses by maximizing your dental insurance.

Dental Care is Safe During Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health issues during pregnancy, with a few precautions. It is safe for you and your baby to have a cleaning and checkup, no matter which trimester you’re in. However, if you require any dental work, like a filling, you may have to wait until your second or third trimester because it can be uncomfortable laying on your back for a period of time. Major or elective dental work will have to wait until after birth. Don’t worry if you need X-rays. Digital X-rays use virtually no radiation, so they are completely safe.

Maximize Your Dental Insurance

Your dental insurance premiums allow you to benefit from affordable dentistry. Don’t let pregnancy stand in the way of using what you’ve paid for. Your dental insurance benefits will expire at the end of the year. You’ll lose anything you haven’t used and nothing accumulates. Don’t miss the opportunity to ensure your mouth is healthy before your baby arrives.

You can enjoy 100% coverage for preventive dentistry for a co-payment. You can have a cleaning and checkup twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If your dentist finds anything concerning, you don’t have to delay treatment. Your insurance will pay 50% to 80% of the expenses after meeting your annual deductible. Your dentist will create a safe treatment plan for you and your baby. 

Your dental team will work on your behalf with your insurance to make the most of your coverage. They will explain how your benefits are being used and your payment options for any remaining balance, like monthly payments through CareCredit.

About Dr. Michael Michel

Dr. Michel has over 40 years of experience in dentistry. He earned his dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training to provide the most up-to-date solutions. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Kansas Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (785) 783-6293.

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