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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dental Care During Your Pregnancy


It is important to maintain your regular dental care schedule during your pregnancy. There are a few things you should know to protect the health of your baby during your visits to the dentist. Since changes in oral health are common during pregnancy, you should pay special attention to dental care while you're pregnant.

To maintain good dental care during pregnancy, follow these guidelines:

• Inform your dentist that you are pregnant. Your dentist will know whether any dental work such as certain forms of medications or x-rays are safe to take during your pregnancy.

• If major dental work is needed, try to get it done either before you become pregnant, or schedule to have it done after your delivery.

• If you have any concerns or questions about the safety of a dental procedure, don't hesitate to share them with your dentist.

• Eat a healthful diet. Eating plenty of foods rich in protein, calcium, and vitamins to help support the health of your baby, as well as protect your teeth.

• Brush regularly. You should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day, making sure you brush for at least two minutes.

• Don't forget to floss. Flossing at least one time every day can help prevent or minimize pregnancy gingivitis.

• Use mouthwash. Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash can help control the bacteria that contribute to gingivitis.

• Visit your dentist. See your dentist for regular dental care while you're pregnant.

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