Taking care of your teeth in pregnancy

Getting your teeth clean is extremely important in pregnancy. Having your teeth clean is safe and highly recommended in pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Moms who have bad dental diseases have been shown to have babies that a preterm and born to early.Woman_brushing_teeth

Having good oral health is essential early in the pregnancy to prevent disease. In the first trimester, many women experience nausea and vomiting which can cause acid to coat the teeth. These stomach acids are strong and can break down your tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay. Some women even go on to develop swollen gums or gingivitis during the second trimester, which is an inflammation of the gums. Having gingivitis can cause you to bleed easily while brushing your teeth, infections and pain. Brushing and flossing gently, as directed by your dentist, may help. Your dentist may also be able to recommend specific mouth rinses that can help you to deal with this problem, which will go away after delivery.

Tips to help with oral health

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly, and tell your dentist you are pregnant
  • Limit sugar-containing foods to mealtimes
  • Avoid soda and sugary beverages during pregnancy
  • Limit fruit juice and eat fruit instead
  • Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Rinse your mouth after vomiting
  • Stop or limit your smoking

Call your healthcare provider if you experience:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly, and tell your dentist you are pregnant
  • Limit sugar-containing foods to mealtimes
  • Avoid soda and sugary beverages during pregnancy
  • Limit fruit juice and eat fruit instead
  • Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Rinse your mouth after vomiting
  • Stop or limit your smoking

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has a great guide for Oral Care During Pregnancy: click here