I haven't been to the dentist in more than two years. I put off going while pregnant because I was afraid of what could harm my growing baby. Now, I've continued putting it off because I'm breastfeeding. I've been reading a little about healing cavities and removing plaque naturally on mothering as of tonight. However, I'm still considering having my teeth cleaned. Still concerned, though, I'd like to know what effects having my teeth cleaned may do to my breastmilk. Should I avoid x-rays? Obviously, no flouride. Anything else?
I've never heard of a basic cleaning being dangerous while breastfeeding. In fact, the only danger I've ever heard to a routine cleaning for anyone is if you have mitrovalve prolapse. I suppose theoretically lots of bacteria could be released into your bloodstream and somehow enter your breastmilk, but I have never read anything supporting this or heard of any adverse effects to the child.
Anyway, I'm far from a dental expert, but I have had my teeth cleaned once or twice a year since DS was born (he's 3.5 & still nursing). I would not do fluoride & I'd avoid most anything beyond routine cleaning. From what I have read, dental x-rays are safe while BFing, but I have chosen to avoid them -- since I've never had a cavity & tend to have healthy teeth, it wasn't worth even researching in depth for me.
Crunchy nailed it.
You should be good to go, unless you have periodontal disease which it sounds like you do not. I'd lean towards no x rays unless they see a problem area and if so, maybe just a periapical x ray would be in order.
I have worked for DDS's for years and my last experience was working for a holistic DDS.