Fetal Health Considerations and Dental Implications

Maintaining fetal health during dental treatment during pregnancy is vital. The major concerns are fetal hypoxia and exposure of the fetus to tetrogens. Fetal hypoxia is evidenced by a decrease in fetal heart rate and can be avoided by correct patient positioning during dental treatment. A teratogen is an agent that can cause permanent damage to the fetus. The primary teratogens in dentistry are drugs and radiation.