Important Oral Health Pregnancy Tips

Category: Dr. Advocate's Insights, Kids Dentistry, Oral Health

Dr Advocate Avatar IconBy: Dr. Advocate
Updated: September 4, 2022

Important Oral Health During Pregnancy | Pregnant Woman with child laying on lap

Brushing, flossing and regular dental care is even more important while you’re pregnant. This is because your progesterone hormone levels increase during pregnancy, leaving your gums more prone to plaque accumulation and inflammation.

Experiencing puffy red gums is known as gingivitis and, if left untreated, may lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease leads to infected gums, bone loss, and possible tooth loss. Unfortunately, this disease is irreversible, so it’s essential to eliminate bacteria before it becomes problematic.

During pregnancy

During pregnancy, routine dental visits are necessary to minimize and prevent bacteria attacks. Gum inflammation can be recognized as bleeding while brushing or flossing. The more you floss, however, the less your gums will bleed. So let’s take a closer look at ways to keep you and your baby’s teeth healthy.


Brushing and flossing
  • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day to prevent tooth decay
  • Floss once a day before bedtime
  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse before bedtime
  • If you vomit from morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water
  • If you feel too sick to brush, rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash
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Healthy eating
  • Drink recommended amount of water per day
  • Drink water or low-fat milk instead of sugar-rich drinks
  • Eat fruits, vegetables, whole-grain and dairy products
  • Eat lean meats, fish, chicken, eggs, beans and nuts
  • Limit sugary snacks and beverages
  • Limit sweets like candy, cookies or cake
  • Look for products that contain xylitol such as chewing gum and mints

Dental care
  • Dental care is safe when you’re pregnant
  • Inform the dental team that you’re pregnant before x-rays
  • The dental team may recommend fluoride rinses
  • They may recommended chewing gum with xylitol
  • Xylitol reduces bacteria that can cause dental decay and gingivitis

After pregnancy

Managing your oral health after pregnancy will prevent bacteria transmission to your baby. Oral bacteria are easily transmissible, so it’s essential to give your baby a healthy start. Continue to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Next, let’s look at ways to care for your baby’s gums and teeth.


Recommendations
  • Germs can pass from your mouth to your baby’s mouth
  • Use a different spoon when tasting their food
  • Clean your baby’s gums after feeding
  • Use a soft toothbrush or damp washcloth
  • First tooth will arrive around 6 to 10 months
  • Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste when brushing
  • Don’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle
  • Take your baby to the dentist within six months of their first tooth

Recommended Reading: Baby Teeth Are Important Too!


Final thoughts

Pregnancy can be a challenging time to juggle a growing baby, countless appointments and daily activities. These helpful tips can help improve your oral health so dental concerns can be one less thing to worry about.


The more you know, the more healthy habits you can develop – saving you and your family from avoidable and potentially expensive dental procedures. Talk to your dental professional for more suggestions on improving oral health and check back for more blog posts and relevant information. Please share this site and let us know what else you’d like to know!




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Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.