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A mom who cares for herself is also caring for her unborn child—that's especially true when it comes to oral health. When you take care of your teeth and gums, it can potentially make a difference for your baby, both before and after birth.

It's common for a future mom's tooth and gum health to decline during pregnancy. Some causes include:

  • Everyone's tired at the end of the day, but add in a pregnancy, and that leads to a whole new level of exhaustion. As a result, routine nighttime brushing and flossing can get skipped—in addition to regular dental visits.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can endanger the health of mom's gums and cause pregnancy gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis—a more serious form of gum disease that includes bone loss.
  • Eating more often during pregnancy is common, but frequent snacking and grazing puts teeth in constant contact with acid in food. This also leads to increased production of acid-loving bacteria.
  • When choosing a prenatal vitamin, steer clear of chewy or gummy vitamins, especially if you’re eating them after brushing your teeth or before bed. They stick on the teeth and most contain sugar that can damage teeth.

When a pregnant woman has excessive bacteria growth in her mouth, it can enter the bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus (as they say, moms are brushing for two). Good nutrition keeps the oral cavity healthy and strong; sensible, balanced meals containing calcium and limited excess acidity and sugar are best for you and your baby's oral health. More frequent cleanings from the dentist also will help control plaque and prevent gingivitis.

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Ready to get the healthy, happy smile you deserve during your pregnancy—and long after? Schedule an appointment today.