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October 19, 2018
If you are pregnant, make sure you tell your dentist at your next check-up. Ideally, it is best to visit us before you try for a baby, so we can thoroughly check your dental health and provide any necessary care before pregnancy. However, routine dental care is generally safe while you are pregnant, and we will ensure you only receive treatments that will not harm your baby.
During pregnancy, good oral health is even more critical because several studies have shown links between advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) and premature and low birth-weight babies. Additionally, hormonal changes can make your gums bleed more easily as sensitivity to plaque bacteria increases, a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Regularly brushing and flossing regularly is crucial, and we might suggest more frequent hygiene appointments. Removing plaque buildup during your hygiene appointments will help to keep your gums strong and healthy.
Morning sickness is a common problem, and if it affects you, it is best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing and to just rinse with water. Your stomach contents are acidic and will dissolve tooth enamel but waiting a while gives your enamel a chance to recover. In the meantime, you can smear some fluoride toothpaste over your teeth to strengthen the enamel.
With the proper preventative dental care, you can maintain a healthy smile during pregnancy.