A healthy pregnancy includes a healthy smile!
Hormonal changes, snacking and nausea increase dental problems in pregnant women, problems that could have serious health effects during pregnancy and after. Tell your patients why it’s important to see a dentist and pay special attention to your oral health during pregnancy.
Healthy Teeth, Happy Babies materials are available free of charge to help you educate your patients.
See a dentist during the first trimester
Start your patients’ pregnancy off right with a healthy mouth. Ideally, any oral infections and problems should be treated between 14 – 20 weeks of pregnancy. Talk with your patients about the importance of proactive treatments, with proper precautions, most are safe throughout pregnancy.
Have all pregnant patients make these simple, preventative measures part of their daily routine:
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.
For morning sickness
- Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda in water after vomiting to remove harmful acid. Wait 30 minutes before brushing.
- Chew sugarless or xylitol-containing gum after eating.
- Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily.