I’ve just discovered I’m pregnant. I’m thrilled, but do want to go to a holistic dentist during my pregnancy. I’ve been looking through all the specialists and can’t find a holistic dentist anywhere. Are they not covered?
Congratulations! What an exciting time. I can totally understand why you’d want to seek treatment from a holistic dentist during this time of your life. They’re extra cautious when it comes to treatment, considering not just how it affects your body but your baby’s as well.
I think the problem you’re encountering is a misunderstanding of specialties. Your insurance will list things like General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, etc. because they’re recognized specialties by the American Dental Association. But, things like Holistic Dentistry or Cosmetic Dentistry are not yet recognized as specialties.
What that means is the patient is left trying to determine which general dentists are actually skilled at cosmetic dental work and which just call themselves cosmetic dentists but actually aren’t that great at doing it beautifully.
Similarly, you’ll just have to check a dentist’s website to see if they have a holistic philosophy.
What If I Can’t Find a Holistic Dentist?
While the number of holistic dentists is growing, not every area has one. If you’re in that position, I would take two precautions when choosing who you’ll use for dental care during your pregnancy.
- Make Sure They’re a Mercury-free Dentist
This is the minimum of precaution that should be taken with a pregnant woman. You don’t want a dentist who will introduce mercury into your body, especially when you’re expecting.
- Always Consult Your Ob/Gyn
Most General dental procedures are safe and it’s actually even more important that you keep up with your oral health care during this time. Pregnancy can be rough on your teeth and a tooth infection is bad for you and your baby. That being said, every pregnancy is different and anything outside of routine care, it’s important you consult your OB to be certain it’s okay in your particular case.
You’ll find the second trimester is the most comfortable time, so try to schedule your appointment then if possible.
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