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Pregnancy and Oral Hygiene

Pregnancy and Oral Hygiene

Question: Do I need to tell my dentist that I am pregnant?

As soon as you believe that you are pregnant, tell your dentist because it may not be safe to have x-rays during this time. You should also let your dentist know if you are trying to get pregnant: knowing is can help in planning x-rays and other treatments.
Tell your dentist what medicines you are taking and if your physician has given you any specific medical advice, as it may also affect your treatment.
When you are pregnant, you know how important it is to take special care of your body. You should also know that pregnancy is a time to take extra special care of your teeth and gums. That’s because hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy can increase your chances of developing gum disease. By combining this routine with a healthy, balanced diet and regular dental visits you will not only help avoid dental problems of your own, but you will also contribute to the healthy development of your baby.
A quick guide to pregnancy and oral hygiene:

  • Brush thoroughly at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, rich in calcium; this will help you’re your baby unborn baby get all the nutrients your both need, and help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Keep your dental office informed about your pregnancy and any changes in medication.
  • Continue to visit your dentist or hygienist for regular checkups.

Provided as an educational service by Oral-B and BRAUN

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