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Prenancy in White

Dental Health During Pregnancy

Congratulations on this exciting new life!  We know you have a lot to think about during your pregnancy but it is also very important for your health and your baby's health that you take care of your teeth and gums. Changing hormone levels during pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse.  It is important to continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for exams and professional cleanings.  Make sure to tell your dentist you are pregnant and about any changes you may be experiencing in your oral health.   


  • Nutrition is very important during pregnancy.  A baby's teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy.  By eating right, you can start caring for your baby's teeth as soon as you find out you are pregnant.  Include foods with calcuium and Vitamin D in your diet.  Making smart food choicees during pregnancy can help your baby develop a heathly smile.  Your obstetrician can give you information to help you eat well during pregnacy. 


  • New research has suggested that severe gum disease during pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of premature births.  Good oral hygiene and professional care during pregnancy can minimize risk. 


  • Hormonal changes can make your gums sore, swollen, and bleed.  This can be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth daily.  If you did not have your teeth cleaned before you found out that you were pregnant, having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist or dentist early in pregnancy may help prevent many gum problems.


  • Pregnancy often changes your eating habits.  Dental problems also can be caused by snacking more often.  When the snacks are sweet, tooth decay or cavities may occur.  It is important to snack less often or eat sweets at the end of a meal instead of between meals.


  • It is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist during your pregnancy to prevent dental problems.  Be sure to make a dental apointment before your baby is born.  After birth, it may be several months before you will be able to find time to make an apointment.     


  • X-rays are only taken during pregnancy to treat emergency dental issues.  Care should also be taken to avoid nitrious oxide, some prescribed antibiotics, and some pain medications.  Your dentist can work with your obstetrician to answer any questions. 




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