So you’re going to have a baby – congratulations!
Your body is undergoing many hormonal changes and you might change your diet. This can affect your gums (gingivitis). You may also have more acid in your mouth if you have been experiencing vomiting.
We recommend a checkup and clean In pregnancy to make sure there are no underlying infections, erosion and to check you for periodontal disease.
This is also a good time to start thinking about your baby’s teeth. If you have decay, your baby is more likely to as well.
Here are some oral hygiene tips for pregnancy:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Make sure your toothbrush is in good condition
- Floss your teeth daily
- Rinse every night with an alcohol-free mouth rinse (if you are at risk of dental problems).
If you can’t brush your teeth after eating (because you’re out), chew xylitol-containing gum, which can help reduce bacteria that can cause tooth decay.