Pregnant women who have a current concession card do not have to go on a waiting list to see a public dentist. You will be given the next available appointment. Find out how to make a public dental appointment.
Visiting a dentist while pregnant is highly recommended for your own wellbeing and that of your unborn child.
Routine dental treatment is safe during pregnancy, although some procedures or medication should be avoided in the first 3 months, so be sure to tell your dentist you are pregnant.
It is important to keep teeth and gums healthy during and after pregnancy to:
Pregnant women who experience morning sickness with vomiting and/or acid reflux are at high risk of tooth erosion*.
To reduce risk of tooth erosion and damage to your teeth after vomiting/reflux you can:
For further advice, speak to your dentist or an oral health professional.
* Tooth erosion is the gradual wearing away or dissolving of the outer enamel layer of your teeth.
Many women can develop gum disease during pregnancy because of natural hormonal changes in the body. If gum disease becomes severe, the infection can affect an unborn baby’s development. Severe gum disease in an expectant mother can increase the risk of premature birth and of delivering a low birth weight baby. There may be possible long-term health risks for a child born prematurely or of low birth weight.
Signs of gum disease include:
If you suspect you may have gum disease, talk to a dentist or an oral health professional. Gum disease can be treated.
Smoking while pregnant is not good for you and your unborn baby and it can also lead to gum disease. If you smoke, consider quitting.
Pregnant woman are eligible for priority public dental care if:
Priority access means you will be offered the next available appointment rather than being placed on the general dental care waiting list.
Fees can be found on the Dental Services page. Please refer to the fees for children and adults in the emergency and general care sections.
To make an appointment, please locate your local community dental clinic or call 1300 360 054. Be sure to tell the receptionist you are pregnant.
Oral health during pregnancy fact sheet (PDF, 494KB)
Last updated: 2014-04-29