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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Friday, September 28, 2007

Keep Your Teeth Healthy While Pregnant

Your baby's mouth and teeth begin to form within the first few weeks of your pregnancy. Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy affects the dental health of your baby, too. Caring for your dental health is important during pregnancy because:

  • Bacteria from the mouth is passed from mother to child through saliva.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the health of your gums.
  • Tooth decay is affected by what you eat, how often you eat and how long the food stays in your mouth or on your teeth.
  • Nausea and vomiting can occur during pregnancy, and the acid from vomiting can damage the surface of your teeth and cause decay.

To keep your gums and teeth healthy during pregnancy, you should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss daily.
  • Limit sweet and sticky foods.
  • Do not brush your teeth for 30 minutes after vomiting because the stomach acid combined with brushing may erode the tooth enamel.

During pregnancy, it is important to visit our office regularly. Remember that tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth, and this bacteria is passed onto the baby while you are pregnant. If your teeth are healthy, you will have less bacteria in your mouth to pass onto your baby.

Regular dental cleaning and checkups can be done safely at any time during your pregnancy, but be sure to tell your me that you are pregnant before your examination.

If you would like to learn more about this dental topic or any other, please call or email today to schedule an appointment with the Colonial Dental Group, serving cosmetic dentistry in Glenview and the Northern Chicago area.

posted by Patti at 7:08 AM


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