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During pregnancy, your teeth and gums are more susceptible to bacterial accumulation due to an associated increase in hormone levels. It is important to proper care of your teeth before, during and after pregnancy to protect your oral health and that of your unborn child. Not taking proper care of your oral health during this period can have serious consequences. By maintaining your oral health, you reduce the risk of pregnancy complications that can occur if dental conditions are left untreated.


Dental care tips for pregnant woman:

  • Brush and floss: 3x/day to prevent the accumulation of bacteria on and around teeth.

  • Morning sickness and vomiting: may be improved with a warm water or antibacterial mouthwash rinse

  • A healthy diet: includes Calcium, vitamins B1 & B2 and vitamin C


It is important that you visit the dentist during the second trimester to check on your oral hygiene and have your teeth treated with a professional dental cleaning.

Toothache, bleeding gums or pus around your tooth can be signs of an oral infection, which if left untreated can spread throughout your body during pregnancy.

Oral health and general health are interrelated, as is maternal and child health.


Pregnancy-related oral health conditions:

  • Pregnancy gingivitis: is caused by bacteria getting stuck between your teeth.

  • Periodontal disease (periodontitis): can develop as a result of untreated gingivitis; it leads to the deterioration of bone and surrounding gum tissue. It carries a higher risk of preterm labor and low birth weight babies.

  • Pregnancy Tumors (pyogenic granulomas): pregnant woman with gingivitis or periodontitis are more susceptible to developing pregnancy tumors. These tumors make it difficult for you to eat or speak and can cause discomfort.

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