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Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women
Pregnant woman and her parter

Tooth development (in the form of tooth buds) generally appears in the fetus in the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy. Teeth begin to form in the fetus shortly thereafter.

Nutrition and oral health

Nutrition is very important during pregnancy, because your baby gets nutrients from your system. By eating right, you can start caring for your teeth and your baby's teeth as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Be sure to include foods with calcium and Vitamin D in your diet. It is important to snack less often, or eat sweets at the end of meals instead of between meals.

Visit a dental professional

It is important to see your dentist during your pregnancy to prevent dental problems. Be sure to make a dental appointment before your baby is born. Even though your baby has not yet arrived, you are building the foundation for healthy teeth. Your dental health can affect your child; if you have cavity-causing germs, these germs are more likely to be passed on to your baby.

Dental problems during pregnancy

Some women have dental problems during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can make your gums sore, swollen, and likely to bleed. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily can prevent this. Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist early in your pregnancy may help prevent most gum problems.

If you need to have emergency dental care during your pregnancy, you may need to have x-rays taken of your teeth. Always be sure to remind your dental care staff of your pregnancy. Care should be taken to limit or avoid nitrous oxide, some prescribed antibiotics, and some pain medications. Your dentist can contact your obstetrician/doctor with any questions.