Dec 8, 2021
On this episode of A Tale of Two Hygienists Michelle and guest co-host, Amber Riley, RDH chat with Dr. Clark about treating our pregnant patients. Dr. Clark clears up some common misconceptions about treatment for these patients and offers guidance you can use in the op!
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Interview Starts: 06:18.233
“The pregnancy was a tipping scale for her and she ended up losing her teeth.”
“There is no reason to say ‘now I am pregnant, I need to wait 9 months to see the dentist’.”
“The consequences of having a severe infection and being in severe pain are so much greater.”
“We can really get ahead of it for our patients.”
“Use the lowest dose to have effective coverage of lidocaine.”
“Having X-rays through your pregnancy is safe as long as there is proper shielding of the abdomen and thyroid.”
“Yes there is a fetus, but we also have a pregnant patient that needs care. If we don’t have a healthy individual we don’t have a healthy fetus.”
“Any kind of Inflammation and infection that goes untreated or undiagnosed can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, and that includes in the mouth.”
“We have to stop being so close minded as a profession and let other people in.”