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brushing teeth smWith so much to think about during your pregnancy, it’s not surprising that women can forget the importance of good habits like brushing your teeth and flossing daily. Studies show that poor oral health can have a significant impact on a mother’s health during pregnancy and the health of her child.

Begin with a complete dental check-up as part of your pre-conception plan. Gum disease during pregnancy can cause preterm delivery and low birth weight. Consult with your dentist about whether you’ll need a dental check-up every trimester instead of the typical semi-annual visit.

 The hormonal changes that are part of pregnancy may increase the risk of conditions such as pregnancy gingivitis than can cause tender gums to bleed easily. It can be a challenge during the first trimester when you’re dealing with morning sickness, but you need to be brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing every day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and chew sugarless gum to add more protection against tooth decay.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet right from the start is vital for you and your baby because first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Essential minerals that you can get from dairy products, cheese, and yogurt are crucial for the baby's developing teeth, gums, and bones.

Talk to your dentist and OB/GYN about when is the right time for routine dental care. Often that will be during the second trimester, but elective procedures should be delayed until after the baby is born.

Breastfeeding can aid in the development of your baby’s mouth. The latching and sucking motion can help to develop a strong and functioning jaw and airway and breast milk offers minerals that help build strong teeth. And remember to set a good example for oral health by brushing your teeth in front of your child daily, and start brushing the baby’s teeth with a soft brush as soon as the first tooth appears.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax