If you are pregnant, or considering becoming pregnant, remember good oral health is important. Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Studies show that practicing preventive dental care during pregnancy has been proven to protect oral and overall health, and is safe for mothers and children too.
To help avoid oral health conditions related to pregnancy, the American Dental Association recommends the following:
- Call your dentist if you have any questions, concerns or notice changes in your mouth.
- Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy.
- Schedule a dental exam and cleaning in your first trimester. (If your pregnancy is more advanced, call your dentist for the first available appointment.) Your dentist will assess your oral health and help plan your oral care for the remainder of your pregnancy.
- Avoid routine or elective X-rays during pregnancy.
If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, call our office. Remember, when your mouth is healthy your overall health is good too!