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NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

To do our part in supporting community health and in compliance with the Governor of Washington State's Proclamation, our office is suspending all non-essential dental care through May 18, 2020.

We are still available for emergency services Monday through Thursday. We are contacting each patient scheduled over the coming weeks to discuss their appointment and reschedule you to a future date.

Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone health during this stressful time.

If you have questions or are experiencing a dental emergency please call us at 509-525-9474 and we will respond in a timely manner.

We look forward to seeing all of our lovely patients in person again soon!

Sincerely, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, Dr. Patty Martin, and Dr. Kimberly Murdoch
Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant
Posted on 7/26/2019 by Michael Mettler
It’s not unusual for women to have concerns about visiting their Boise dentist when they are pregnant. Being overly cautious is a part of protecting you and your baby. The good news, however, is that routine dental exams are very safe during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her body is high in hormones. Often, these hormones can cause the gums to swell and teeth to become sensitive. Getting a routine exam at Stone Creek Dental Care will help pregnant women prevent infection and discomfort from these conditions.

Concerns About Dental Work:

Unless it’s an emergency, the American Dental Association recommends that pregnant women in their first trimester should avoid any elective dental treatments. These include cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening. While the risk is very minimal, these procedures should be held off until the second trimester. Furthermore, most doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid any extensive dental work during their third trimester unless it is absolutely necessary.

Dental X-Ray Safety:

Dental x-rays are a standard part of an examination. However, if you are pregnant and not suffering from any pain or dental condition, it’s possible to put off dental x-rays until the birth of your baby.

If by chance, you do experience a dental emergency during pregnancy, it is safe to get a dental x-ray. Why? Dental x-rays have a very low radiation level and the American Dental Association has not found any evidence of dental x-rays causing any harm to an unborn baby. As an extra precaution, however, your Walla Walla dentist will provide you with an x-ray blanket for additional protection.

Dental Care During Pregnancy:

Pregnant women don’t have to avoid any specific type of toothpaste or mouthwash. However, it is always recommended (for everyone) to try not to swallow any of these products. It’s also important to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for adequate cleaning.

If you are one of the unlucky few to experience teeth sensitivity during pregnancy, you can change to a specialized toothpaste during this time. If sensitivity becomes too much to handle, a trip to Dr. Patty Martin at Stone Creek Dental Care can help with this issue. It’s also recommended that pregnant women increase their calcium intake during this time to keep their teeth and bones strong.

Last but not least, you should also be using a soft bristle toothbrush if you are pregnant. During pregnancy, the gum tissue surrounding your teeth can swell and become sensitive. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help ease any discomfort you may feel when brushing your teeth.

Stone Creek Dental Care:

Practicing good dental care is very important during pregnancy. To learn more about what you can do to benefit your overall dental health while expecting, contact us by filling out our online form or call us at (509) 525-5902 to schedule an appointment.
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