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TeethFirst! is proud to share our newest bilingual brochure: Healthy Teeth for You and Your Baby. Information about the importance of oral health care at pregnancy, a baby's first dental visit, and finding a dentist are included.
A healthy mouth during pregnancy is connected to having a healthy baby
It is important to see a dentist as a part of your prenatal care.
Good oral health when you are pregnant is important for both you and your baby. As your body changes during pregnancy, so does your mouth. You may notice changes in your mouth, teeth, and gums as early as the first three months of pregnancy.
Doctors say that it is extra important that you visit the dentist while you are pregnant so that your mouth stays healthy, just like the rest of you. The dentist or dental hygienist will give you tips on how to care for your mouth, and will look to see if you are at risk for oral health problems, like gum disease. Pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small, so it is important to pay attention to your oral health.
During pregnancy, many women experience some type of stomach upset, vomiting, or acid reflux. The acid from your stomach can cause tooth enamel to wear away, leaving your teeth more prone to cavities.
Now that you have a good relationship with your dentist, they can give you information how to care for your baby’s mouth and teeth!