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Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Pregnancy

Why dental health is important when you’re pregnant.

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Did you know that keeping your teeth and gums in top shape is important during pregnancy?

Some studies show that there may be a link between gum disease (periodontitis) and premature birth. Lack of good dental habits has also been associated with low birthweight, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Eating a healthy diet while pregnant can help baby’s teeth develop. So, taking care of your teeth means you’re taking care of your growing baby.

The rising hormones in your body can cause several dental issues. These include tooth decay or loss, loose teeth, sore or swollen gums, and more.

You can keep your mouth healthy while you’re pregnant. Just follow these tips:

  • Go to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet of fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, and lean proteins.
  • Avoid snacks and drinks that are high in sugar.
  • If you have morning sickness and are throwing up, rinse out your mouth with water, or water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. The excess acid can harm teeth.

While exhaustion may tempt you to skip brushing and flossing, don’t give in. Remember, taking care of your pearly whites is good for your health, and your baby’s.

By Ginny Greene, Contributing Editor

Sources
American Dental Association. Pregnant? Nine questions you may have about your dental health. Accessed September 28, 2018.
American Dental Association. Healthy dental habits to practice during pregnancy. Accessed September 28, 2018.
American Dental Association. Nutrition tips for pregnancy. Accessed September 28, 2018.
American Dental Association. MouthHealthy.org. Healthy dental habits to practice during pregnancy. Accessed September 28, 2018.

Last Updated: September 28, 2018