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It is no secret to anyone that during breastfeeding there are many myths and legends that have generated many fears in mothers. One of the most common is the one made with visits to the dentist, because many women have heard or heard that some dental treatments may not be compatible with breastfeeding by the use of anesthetics in them.
In the following articles we will guide you on the compatible dental procedures during the breastfeeding process so you know once and for all whether or not anesthetics affect your baby while breastfeeding. Let's clear the doubts now!
Dental health is as important as any medical check-up. I believe that no mother during the breastfeeding period would like to experience a toothache that leads to a bad night, having a small baby that demands attention especially during the early mornings.
Also, during pregnancy and lactation, dental discomfort is common due to changes in calcium metabolism and availability, so it is common for you to have a toothache or bleeding gums. It is quite unpleasant, because it leads to discomfort that is not wanted by anyone and less during this period. In addition, on the other hand, it can create anguish when thinking about whether or not you can have a dental procedure due to the fear of anesthesia.
Any dental procedure is compatible with breastfeeding: molar extractions, dental caries cure, root canal treatments, placement of brakects, dental cleaning and whitening, among others, since the type of anesthesia used in these procedures is local, that is, it acts on the site of application of the area affected.
It is common to hear how some dentists indicate to mothers in the lactation period that, once the procedure is performed, they must discard breast milk or not offer the breast for a few hours after receiving dental treatment by the use of local anesthesia. It really is a mistake, since you can continue breastfeeding without any problem, since it does not affect the health of your baby, nor does it interfere with the production of breast milk, much less "dry" the milk. These are just myths or lack of information by health personnel.
However, if you are going to have a dental procedure and you have doubts about an anesthetic because there are really several (but as I mentioned, none interferes with breastfeeding) or your dentist tells you to suspend breastfeeding, it is best to ask your midwife or a lactation consultant to check the risk that this product may have for you and the little one.
It is always recommended before pregnancy, to have a dental check-up to know the state of oral health, but due to the changes that arise in pregnancy and lactation, it is not uncommon to see that you may present some discomfort.
The best thing is that you are calm and sure to carry out any procedure without having to stop breastfeeding. Local anesthesia will not cause any problems for you or your baby and it is not good for you to endure dental pain or have a bad time thinking that it can affect your breastfeeding.
In addition, if when leaving the dentist, this indicates anti-inflammatory or antibiotics you can also comply with it without problems because the amount that passes through breast milk is minimal without problems for your baby and does not affect the amount or production of milk. For a movie smile!
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