Congratulations on this exciting and busy time of your life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy but don’t forget about your teeth and gums. With all this excitement it may be easy to forget about your mouth, but the changing hormone levels that occur with pregnancy can actually exacerbate pre-existing dental issues. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health, too, and if your mouth is healthy, it’s more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy.
It’s important to continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleanings. Make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Good daily care is crucial. That means brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day, eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.