I’ve been trying to get pregnant for five years. It finally happened. I’m thrilled. I know I won’t be perfect, but want to do as much right as I possibly can. I got a check-up and found out that I have a cavity developing under an amalgam filling. The dentist wanted to remove it right then. He didn’t seem the least bit concerned about exposing my baby to mercury. Should I switch to a holistic dentist for the duration of my pregnancy?
I thrilled you’re finally getting the baby you’ve desired. It’s one of the biggest blessings you can receive. I also like that you’re striving to do your best. I have a feeling you’ll be a great mother. I understand your concern about the mercury and, if he wasn’t planning on doing a sanitary amalgam removal, I’d run to a holistic dentist.
Here are some things to be aware of before you make a decision about this filling:
1. If you’re in a high-risk category of a pregnancy, always get an okay from your OB before getting any medical or dental procedure.
2. You don’t want to leave a dental infection of any kind because that bacteria will affect both you and the baby. It’s also been linked to pre-term and low birth weight.
3. If working with amalgam removal, ALWAYS do a sanitary amalgam removal.
4. If possible, leave work until the second trimester when things are more stable.
How Can a Holistic Dentist Help During Pregnancy?
First, the philosophy of a holistic dentist is considering the health of the whole body (as well as your baby’s) and not just the health of your teeth. This is a huge advantage both when you’re pregnant and when you’re not.
Second, they will always do a sanitary amalgam removal to prevent you from inhaling any mercury vapors.
If there’s decay developing under this amalgam filling you will want to have it removed and the filling replaced with a mercury-free composite filling. Not only will that protect you from any mercury leakage, which can be devastating for an unborn baby, but it will also keep the decay from progressing into a dental infection.
The last thing you want is a dental emergency when you’re pregnant.
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