Pregnancy & Oral Hygiene

Brush thoroughly at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline.

Eat a well balanced diet, rich in calcium; this will help you and your unborn baby get all the nutrients you both need and help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keep your dental practice informed about your pregnancy and any changes in medication.

Continue to visit your dentist and hygienist for regular cleaning and checkups.

When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to take special care of your body. However, you should also know that pregnancy is a time to take extra care of your teeth and gums. This is because hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy can increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Whilst you are pregnant, make sure you practice good oral hygiene, which means brushing and flossing every day. By combining this routine with a healthy balanced diet and regular dental visits, you will not only help avoid dental problems of your own, you will also contribute to the healthy development of your baby.

Q.How do I know if I have gum disease?

As many as 70% of women have some form of gum disease during pregnancy, so watch out for these warning signs:

  • Your gums are tender, swollen or red.
  • Your gums bleed when you brush or floss.
  • You can’t get rid of bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

If you think you may have gum disease, visit your dentist or hygienist for a professional cleaning and examination, if caught early enough, gum disease can usually be reversed or controlled.

Q.Am I at greater risk of tooth decay?

Yes, sugary food cravings and morning sickness may make you more vulnerable to developing cavities.

Q.How can I avoid tooth decay and gum disease?

  • Brush thoroughly at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and before bed.
  • You should take your time, spending at least two minutes brushing to remove the plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Clean between teeth daily - use floss or other interdental cleaners to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach.
Q.Should I tell my dentist that I’m pregnant?

As soon as you believe you are pregnant, tell your dentist, because it may not be safe to have x-rays during pregnancy.

Q.When do my baby’s teeth start developing?

Your baby’s first teeth will begin to develop about three months into your pregnancy. The healthier your diet is, the greater the likelihood that your baby’s teeth and gums will be healthy too.

Q.When should I first take my baby to the dentist?

Try to schedule your baby’s first dental visit sometime between the eruption of the first tooth and one year of age. At this time, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums and jaw for any problems and show you the right way to clean and care for your child’s teeth.