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Tooth Care During Pregnancy

Healthy Teeth: What’s Good for Mom is Good for Baby

Good oral hygiene is very important during pregnancy, not only for mom but baby as well.  Hormonal shifts during pregnancy, especially the increase of progesterone makes gums more sensitive increasing the risk of gum disease.  Studies show that women with poor dental health and gum disease (Gingivitis) are more likely to deliver a baby prematurely and with low birth weight than women with healthy gums.  Estimates show that up to 18 of every 100 premature births may be triggered by periodontal disease. So, make sure you are taking the right steps to prevent issues even prior to pregnancy by visiting your dentist and following these tips.  

Here are some tips to help keep your teeth healthy during pregnancy:

1. Many women experience morning sickness, if you are one of those (we’re sorry) rinse your mouth out with water or mouth rinse as soon as possible.  Try waiting at least an hour after vomiting to brush. If strong flavored toothpaste is bothering you, try switching to a more bland flavor.    

2. Brush at least two times per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss one time.  If your gum bleed, try switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush.  And, remember to change your toothbrush every few months!


3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure your diet includes calcium and Vitamin C which is good for your dental health and your growing baby.  


4. Don’t skip your dental appointments (if you don’t have one, schedule during your second trimester).  Now more than ever it’s important to maintain your regular dental cleanings and check ups. Make sure you inform the dentist and staff that you are pregnant so they can provide the best treatment plan for you.  Also, don’t forget to mention any issues you may be having such as sensitive gums, bleeding, and dry mouth.  

5. Chew sugarless or xylitol gum two-three times per day. Chewing xylitol gum helps decrease plaque on your teeth and makes it easier to remove when you brush.  

6. Drink water or low-fat milk.  

Call your dentist immediately if you have these signs or symptoms of pregnancy induced dental issues:
Sensitive, swollen gums
Bad breath
Loose tooth/teeth
Mouth sores

At My Plantation Dentist, Dr. Finkelstein and team care about your dental health and keeping your pregnancy a healthy one! Call us today to schedule an appointment, 954.584.1030.


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