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It's important to take care of your body when you are pregnant. This includes your teeth and gums. A healthy mouth and good dental habits are an important part of a healthy pregnancy.
Regular brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Good nutrition is also important for a healthy mouth. So make sure to eat a balanced, nutritious diet and get enough vitamins and minerals.
These healthy habits are important for your baby too. A child's dental care really starts with the mother's healthy pregnancy, because baby teeth start to form before birth.
Remember that it's safe—and a good idea—to go to the dentist during your pregnancy. Talk to your dentist about scheduling a complete dental exam and regular visits for cleanings and other dental work.
Most dental work can be done while you are pregnant. For example, dental X-rays and local anesthesia are generally safe during pregnancy. If you have cavities or gum disease, get treatment. Delaying dental care can make a problem worse.
Be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant.
Some changes in your mouth during pregnancy are normal. They should go away after your baby is born. When you are pregnant, you have more blood flow to the mucous membranes of the mouth and gums. This may cause your gums to bleed, especially when you brush your teeth. Your gums also may be more swollen than usual. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles may help.
Your teeth might feel loose while you are pregnant. This usually doesn't cause any problems. It should go away after pregnancy.
If you have morning sickness or digestive problems like reflux, stomach acid in your mouth can weaken your teeth. This makes cavities more likely. Regular brushing can help. It may also help to rinse out your mouth. Try a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water. You might also ask your doctor if you can take over-the-counter medicine for reflux.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineRebecca Sue Uranga
Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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