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Aug 26

A healthy pregnancy includes a healthy smile!

Hormonal changes, snacking and nausea increase dental problems in pregnant women, problems that could have serious effects on you and your baby during pregnancy and after. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist and pay special attention to your oral health during pregnancy.

See your dentist during your first trimester

Start your pregnancy off right with a healthy mouth. Ideally, any infections and problems should be treated between 14 – 20 weeks of your pregnancy. Talk with your dentist if you need additional treatments, as most are safe throughout pregnancy with proper precautions.

Limit sugar consumption

  • Limit foods containing sugar to mealtimes only.
  • Drink water or low-fat milk, and avoid carbonated beverages.
  • Choose fruit over fruit juice to limit sugar consumption.

If you have vomiting or nausea

  • Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda in water after vomiting to remove harmful acid. Wait to brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes.
  • Chew sugarless or xylitol-containing gum after eating.

Brush regularly

  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily.