Can I visit the dentist while pregnant?

Can I go to the dentist while pregnant?

Not only can you go to the dentist during pregnancy – you should! Leaving tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems untreated can be harmful. Your dental health has a big impact on your overall health, which means it can have a big influence on your baby too.
Your dentist will often recommend making several appointments during your pregnancy so they can check the condition of your teeth and gums, recommend adjustments to your oral care routine or carry out any treatments needed.
If you’re planning to get pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist and get any outstanding dental issues such as impacted wisdom teeth taken care of first, to reduce the risk of complications.

Are x-rays safe?

Although x-rays are safe, your dentist may still recommend avoiding them during the first trimester if you’re only having a routine check-up. But if you have a dental emergency or a severe, non-specific pain, x-rays could still be needed to help your dentist plan your treatment effectively.

Can I have anaesthetic?

If you need to have a dental procedure while pregnant, anaesthetic can still be used safely to help you relax and numb the pain. It’s essential that you inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can choose suitable anaesthetics and set appropriate levels.
Your dentist will use the lowest concentration of anaesthesia possible for the type of procedure being carried out but still enough to help you feel relaxed. When you feel comfortable, your body and your baby will be placed under less stress.

Can I get a tooth pulled when pregnant?

Extractions can be performed any time during pregnancy, but your dentist may recommend the second trimester as the ideal time. This helps you avoid having x-rays in the first trimester when your baby is first developing, as well as the discomfort of having to lie on your back for prolonged periods during the third trimester.

Does a root canal affect pregnancy?

If you have a dental emergency, a root canal can be performed at any stage of pregnancy and shouldn’t be delayed. However, because x-rays are involved, the ideal time for dental surgery is during the second trimester.

Can I whiten my teeth while pregnant?

Teeth whitening can be performed while you’re pregnant, but your dentist may recommend waiting until after the birth for most non-emergency dental treatments.
Teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments should ideally be avoided during the third trimester in particular, as you may find it uncomfortable to lie still while the whitening gel is applied and cured.

Can I have orthodontic treatment while pregnant?

If you are already undergoing orthodontic treatment, you shouldn’t stop just because you are pregnant. You can even have new braces fitted during your pregnancy, although your dentist or orthodontist may recommend that you wait until after the birth, as there can sometimes be complications.
Getting braces requires x-rays, which your dentist might want to avoid during the first trimester. If your face and mouth change shape when you gain weight during your pregnancy, this could mean that your braces need to be adjusted or that new impressions need to be made of your teeth to create a new set of aligners. These changes can increase the overall cost.
Some women experience swelling of the gums and other facial tissues during pregnancy, which can sometimes cause irritation from brace wires and brackets. Your dentist or orthodontist can provide safe gels to help numb the pain, or you may prefer removable plastic aligners if you only need to fix a minor orthodontic issue.

Your child’s first visit

When should your child first see a dentist?
You can take your child at a younger age, but experts recommend taking him or her within 6 months of the first tooth coming in (erupting), or by about 12 months at the latest. For instance, bring them along with the rest of the family to have their check-ups and let them experience the sights and sounds of the dentist. We can gradually get them used to the place!

At this time, the dentist can give you information on:

• Baby bottle tooth decay

• Infant feeding practices

• Mouth cleaning

• Teething

• Pacifier habits

• Finger-sucking habits

• Prepare your child

Young child ready for dentist

If possible, schedule morning appointments so young children are alert and fresh. Talk to your preschooler or older child by giving him or her a general idea of what to expect. Explain why it is important to go to the dentist. Above all, help to build excitement and understanding.

The first visit:

Your child’s primary check-up is to help your child feel comfortable with the dentist. A first dental visit is recommended by 12 months of age, or within 6 months of the first tooth coming in.
• The beginning visit often lasts 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your child’s age and compliance. Sometimes a quick ride in the chair is all that is done at the first visit.
• A visit may include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development, this includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar, and stains
• In addition, one of our friendly dentists may show you and your child proper home cleaning such as flossing, and advise you on the need for fluoride.

How to protect your children’s teeth at home:

• Before teeth come in, clean gums with a clean, damp cloth
• After that, start brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a very small amount of children’s toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) when your child’s first tooth appears
• Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Don’t give children a bottle of milk, juice, or sweetened liquid at bedtime or when put down to nap
• In addition, try to limit the time your child has a bottle. Your child should empty a bottle in 5 to 6 minutes or less
• Help your child brush his or her own teeth until age 7 or 8.

Try to limit foods and treats that increase tooth decay. This includes hard or sticky candies, fruit leather, and sweetened drinks and juice. Offer fruit rather than juice. The fiber in fruit tends to scrape the teeth clean. Juice can expose the teeth to sugar.

If you’d like to make an appointment, please phone us on (02) 4324 1181 or make an appointment online.

Get to know Katrina!

Get to know Katrina, our Hygienist and all-round superstar!

Katrina | Hygienist


Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
I love the strange mix of seaside, farmland, mountains and countryside because it makes the Central coast so diverse!

Name somewhere you love to visit on the Coast?
The beach with my dogs. It is generally so friendly and in addition is so relaxing to visit.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
‘The Good Bits’ Gosford, they have the most amazing croissants and the staff and coffee is delightful. Therefore making the work day easier!


Now, a little more personal:

 

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
Dentures! For instance setting up and editing wax bites for interim stages of making a new denture.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Early bird, don’t call after 8pm.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Hobbies, there are plenty of relaxing hobbies especially spinning yarn.

What’s something people don’t know about you?
I like to be alone sometimes and not talk.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
Happiness takes effort, you have to find the good things in life.

Happiness

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Potato and gravy!

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Messenger, YouTube, and of course the clock (alarm). Therefore I won’t be late for my day at Albany Dental!

Ireland

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
Ireland! All of it!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Heart – Alone.

Why you should break a thumb sucking habit in your child

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, dummies or other objects aids to make babies and toddler feel secure and happy.

It’s also a natural way to explore, integrate and understand their world.2

However, this habit can also be detrimental on your child’s oral health if it becomes excessive.

Keep reading for more information or give us a call on (02) 4324 1181

young child sucking their thumb

Will Thumb Sucking Cause Dental Issues?

The intensity of thumb sucking is the factor that determines whether or not dental problems may occur.

Differentiate between whether the child rests their thumbs passively in their mouth, or whether the child is vigorously sucking their thumb and causing a forward/backward motion.

It is the later that can impact the teeth and can create the following issues:

• Misaligned bite
• Palate issues
• Speech problems
• Overbite or Overjet

More information on these issues can be found on the Australian Society of Orthodontics website here.

Problems caused by thumb sucking too long

How To Stop Thumb Sucking

A child usually breaks this habit between the ages of two – four. However, in some instances where the child may experience anxiousness, nervousness or bedtime stress, can cause this habit to escalate.

When you’re ready to break the habit, one of the following may be affective; reducing anxiety, rewarding positive behaviour, or focusing on when they may require comfort or security. Perhaps if your child is older, you can involve them in choosing a method to break the habit.

On the occasion that you are having trouble encouraging change, it is smart to consult with your general dentist. They may recommend using a bitter medication to place on the nail, thumb guard or in rare cases a mouth appliance to discourage thumb sucking.

 

Call The Experts

Whether you are concerned with your child’s thumb sucking habit or you just want some friendly advice for the future, give our friendly Gosford dental team a call on (02) 4324 1181.

Get to know Crona!

Get to know Crona, one of our Oral Health Therapists!

Crona

Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
It is close to the beaches and the city, and most of my family lives local too.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
Our go to takeaway has to be Hungry Wolves at Wyoming. The Chicken Surprise is a heavy favourite in our house.

Name somewhere you love to visit on the Coast
Adcock Park – Great for the kids to ride bikes and scooters and I can get in some exercise too. We also cannot go past a beach day in the summer time!

Crona & Her family


Now, a little more personal:

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely a morning person – my week days consist of 5am gym classes at my new gym Cohortcrossfit at Erina.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Think that there is always someone worse off, mine are generally first world problems anyway,

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Reduce social media screen time.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
Dr Heydenrych – never let the tax man get in the way of a tidy profit with your investments.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cherry Ripes.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
Supercar Blondie – an Australian influencer based in Dubai who test drives and reviews luxurious cars.

What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Alan Jackson.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
My Sharona by The Knack.

Get to know us – Lauren

Get to know Lauren!

Lauren & daughter Isla


Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
How it is so easy to get around to all the beautiful spots we have here. And in addition to our family and friends that are close by.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
Love Fredricos it is always a good time there, in particular when we go as work group.


Now, a little more personal:

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Early bird these days with Isla in spite of the fact that I would love a sleep in!

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Go for a walk with Isla. Additionally, I try to stop, breathe and go again and know its not the worst that is happening in the world.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
That I’m positive and they love being around me 🙂

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Pizza for sure garlic bread is up there too.

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Namely Messenger, camera, and contacts.

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
I just want to go back to Japan!!

Get to know us – Jayde

Get to know Jayde!

Jayde


Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
Being located so close to the beach, I find the beach can be so good for the soul.

Name somewhere you love to visit on the Coast?
The Beach – the sun, the salt, the sand it’s just beautiful.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
Gloria Jean’s Gosford – every morning I start my day with their Vanilla Chiller, alongside listening to a song that brings me so much happiness – it is the perfect combination.


Now, a little more personal:

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m a mix of both, early riser but I find I’m very pro-active of night and can get so much done.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Positive thinking and reinforcement, music and if I can I will go to the beach sit on the sand and breath in the ocean air.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
That my family is proud of the person I’ve become.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
I’d love to trade places with one of my boys. So many reasons why.

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Netflix, Apple Music, Pinterest.

What’s a song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Luke Coombs – not everyone is a fan of country but the last year I’ve come to really love it. Great songs to sing along to loudly in the car.

image of perth

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
Perth, I would do a road trip to visit all the beautiful places in between.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the bridge. My all time fave band. And Hotel California – Eagles.

Get to know us! Dr Stephanie Sparrow

Get to know Dr Stephanie Sparrow!

Dr Stephanie Sparrow


Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
The people. I am born and raised on the Central Coast and love having my friends and family close by. I love going for a walk in my local neighbourhood and saying hello to all the other locals passing by, in my experience other communities have not always been so friendly.

Name somewhere you love to visit on the Coast?
Bouddi National park. This is one of my favourite spots to visit on a sunny day. The coastal walk to Maitland Bay especially is my favourite, even if it does get my heart racing to get there.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
Bellyfish at Terrigal is my local go to café. Great Food, friendly service, stunning views AND we get to take our dog crumpet along too.


Now, a little more personal:

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Quite honestly, neither. I do my best to get up early with my partner and enjoy the sunrise every now and then but I am more of a 7am-10pm kind of gal.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Breathe. It’s easy to get caught up in the small things and sometimes you just need to stop and take a few breaths. I find this helps me to put things back into perspective. If that fails then I imagine my smiling dog’s face, that never fails to put a smile back on my face.

Dr Stephanie Sparrow & family

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Regular exercise. With daylight savings ended and winter coming, I have gotten a little slack. My partner and I are trying to motivate each other and maintain a better exercise routine throughout the colder months.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
You can’t have a negative thought whilst you’re thinking about something positive.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. It’s actually probably classified more as an addiction.

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Spotify- I need music in my life. Google maps- I have the worst sense of direction and would literally be lost without it. Sudoku- for the quieter moments.

What’s one trend you hope makes a comeback?
Shoulder pads, just for a laugh.

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
New Zealand. I have done a lot of travel overseas and have already crossed off over 30 countries from my must- see list but am yet to visit New Zealand. Hopefully next year.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
I try not to inflict pain on others so I’m not a regular karaoke participant but if I really had to… My Sharona by The Knack

Get to know us! Cassie – Practice Manager

Get to know our Practice Manager Cassie!

Cassie - Practice Manager


Let’s start with the Central Coast:

 

What do you love most about the Central Coast?
Everyone who lives here on the Coast is so friendly and ready to help one another out! Especially in times such as flooding, Covid, bushfires etc – the support we show our fellow Coasties and other Australians is amazing!

Name somewhere you love to visit on the Coast?
I love to take my kids to Jump N Jungle at West Gosford. Such a wonderful place for the little kids to attend and have fun without the bigger kids because we all know how hard it is to find something to do for toddlers.

What’s your favourite place to eat/drink around here?
I can’t go past a coffee from The Good Bits Co in Gosford before a busy day at the practice!


Now, a little more personal:

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Early bird for sure. Which means that’s why I am the first one at Albany Street North each morning!

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I like to try anything to turn around a bad day. Turn on some music, for instance. Music can evoke so many fun and happy emotions. Or just let out some tears!

You are what you listen to

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Journaling each night with three things I am grateful for, or was successful at that day

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
I received a thank you card from my boss after the scary Covid time and I treasure it dearly. It sits on my desk to remind myself why I work as hard as I do. A close second would be the compliments I get about how white my teeth are. All thanks to our take-home whitening kits. It is much more easier and affordable than you think!

What’s your guilty pleasure?
A drink after work for sure. An XPA from Bay Road Brewing in Gosford is a fave!

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
I would choose one of my daughters. I would love to know how they see the world we live in currently and in addition, how they view me as a mum. However, it might also be scary to know!

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Firstly Spotify because as I’ve mentioned before I love music above all. Secondly, Roborock because I wouldn’t be able to live without my robot vacuuum. And lastly, Foxtel Go so I can catch up on tv and sports!

What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Taylor Swift Evermore Album – only because her fans seem to be shunned every time they admit they like her!

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
I’d love to try our local resort Kim’s at Toowoon Bay as I have not had the chance to visit yet. Similarly, I would say Huskisson on the South Coast is next on my list after a recommendation from a friend. Both seem like nice places to visit!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Lights because I can belt out most of the words.

We are a finalist in the Local Business Awards!

We have some exciting news!
We have been announced as a finalist in the Local Business Awards!
A huge thanks to our amazing staff and wonderful patients for this accomplishment. We couldn’t do it without you all!
Stay tuned for July when we find out the winners!

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