Oral health care is very important through out your pregnancy for both you and your baby. Many pregnant women experience puffy and sore gums, which may bleed, so it is important to address these issues with your dentist.
We encourage you to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Dental appointments should be a minimum of 6 months between visits.
Oral Health Care Tips
- Brush twice per day with Flouride toothpaste
- Replace toothbrush every 3-4 months, sooner if bristles are frayed
- Do not share your toothbrush
- Floss between your teeth
- Rinse every night with a fluoride, alcohol free mouth rinse
- Rinse your mouth if you vomit
- To help fight bacteria, chew Xylitol gum
Foods During Pregnancy
- Eat a variety of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and whole grains
- Avoid food and drinks containing high sugar content, and always read food labels for sugar amounts
- Substitute water or milk for juice or soda
- It is recommended to get 600 micrograms of folic acid each day to reduce the risk of birth defects.
Dental Care After Baby Arrives
- Continue your own oral health care, including eating healthy foods and practicing good oral hygiene
- Ask your health care professional to check your baby’s mouth for an oral risk assessment starting at 6 months
- Bring your baby for their 1st dental visit at age 1.