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As you prepare for your new baby to arrive, there are many important tasks to finish. We know you’ll be extremely busy and somewhat distracted for the next nine months, but please don’t neglect your dental health!

Pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so it’s crucial that you maintain your oral well-being. Simply put, if your mouth is healthy, it is more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy, too. Brushing your teeth twice a day (for two minutes) with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily helps your health overall, which contributes to your baby’s health, as well.

There is a myth that a mother loses one tooth for each baby she delivers. This is not true. During pregnancy, it is common for women to experience gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. But you don’t have to experience gingivitis while you’re pregnant. You can prevent gum disease by keeping your teeth healthy and clean!

Obviously, it’s preferable not to have any dental emergencies while you’re pregnant, so even if you’re merely in the “trying-to-get-pregnant” stage, you should request a dental appointment to reduce your risk of having problems in the future. We hope your pregnancy is a pleasant and peaceful time of planning and preparation for that wonderful day when your little one finally arrives.