Going to the dentist while pregnant is definitely a good thing and is something that all women need to do. However, it is just as important that you are aware of what is advised and what isn't advised when it comes to dental appointments during pregnancy. Here are three things to keep in mind when going to the dentist while pregnant. 

Schedule A Checkup And Cleaning Early In Your Pregnancy

Some women avoid going to the dentist while they are pregnant because they aren't sure if it is safe or not, but this is definitely not the best idea. It is actually very important to go to the dentist while pregnant because your risk for gum disease and other oral issues can actually increase due to the increased blood and blood flow in your body. When you find out you are pregnant, it is good idea to schedule a regular dental cleaning and checkup. This helps to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, and you aren't at risk for passing any infections onto your baby. 

Say No To Dental X-Rays and Nitrous Oxide  

When you are pregnant, it is very important that you avoid anything that could be potentially harmful to your baby. When it comes to the dentist, it is important that you avoid getting x-rays, as the UV rays may cause developmental issues with your unborn child. Another thing to avoid when you go to the dentist while pregnant is nitrous oxide or "laughing gas". Nitrous oxide is often used to make patients feel calm while getting dental work done, but because you breath it in and it goes through your system, it will also effect your baby. Because experts are unsure of exactly how nitrous oxide will effect your unborn child, it is best to avoid it altogether. 

Avoid Long Appointments Later In Pregnancy

If you must have dental work done while pregnant, it is better to try and fit it in earlier in your pregnancy, before you baby grows bigger and your belly becomes larger. The larger your baby gets, the more stress and pressure this places on your organs, especially while you are lying on your back because gravity is acting against you. This makes it difficult for you to breath, which can lead to lightheadedness. If you have an emergency dental procedure that needs done in your third trimester, try to keep the appointment short or take breaks to sit up and walk around if you need to. 

It is good to go to the dentist for checkups and other needed procedures while pregnant, but just be sure to say no to x-rays and nitrous oxide, and avoid long appointments later in pregnancy where you are lying on your back.