Why Good Oral Health is Even More Important When Pregnant

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Maintaining your oral health while you’re pregnant is important for both you and your baby. Pregnant women have an increased risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and cavities, and these conditions can have adverse effects on your baby.  Gum disease in pregnant women is linked to low birth weight and preterm births and can result in increased risk of dental cavities that the baby may have when their teeth erupt.

Brush Twice, Floss and Rinse

Hormonal changes and symptoms such as morning sickness increase the acidity level in the mouth of pregnant women, which can erode the tooth enamel. That’s why it’s important to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss at least once a day. If you have morning sickness, you should also rinse your mouth with baking soda and water.

Mouth Rinse Recipe

Here is one recipe for an effective Baking Soda Mouth Rinse.*

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • One cup of warm water
  • Follow with a plain water rinse

Visit the Dentist

Seeing the dentist while pregnant is recommended and safe. It’s also safe for you to get dental treatments like x-rays and local anesthetics while you’re pregnant.  Just make sure your dentist is aware of your pregnancy. Over 60% of pregnant women have gum disease (gingivitis), and 25% of women of reproductive age have dental cavities (caries). Addressing any oral health problems you have will not only help to protect your mouth but has the power to protect your baby from harmful germs and bacteria.

If your last visit was more than six months ago, schedule an appointment as soon as you can.

If you need help finding a dentist, making an appointment or getting to your appointment, call:

855-CT-DENTAL  (855) 283-3682, M-F 8am – 5pm.

* Source: Colgate: Is Baking Soda Mouthrinse Safe And Effective?

Posted March 2022 and reposted June 2024.