It is a myth that being pregnant is bad for your teeth. However, the physical changes that happen in pregnancy, along with the needs of a growing baby, means that it is important to take care of your oral health.
This is because:
Diet For Healthy Teeth & Gums
When you are pregnant the food and drink you eat is important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Your diet is also important for your baby’s teeth which begin to form in their gums from the sixth week of pregnancy! By the time babies are born all the teeth they will ever have are already in their jaw.
To keep teeth and gums healthy;
If pregnancy is making you sick
Feeling sick and brushing your teeth
If you feel sick or retch a lot in your pregnancy, tooth cleaning can be a trigger. It is really important to try and keep your teeth clean. You could try;
Tender, red, swollen or bleeding gums are signs of gum disease. Gum disease puts your teeth at risk of decay and if not treated will cause tooth loss. At any time these symptoms should be discussed with a dentist.
Gum disease allows a route for bacteria to get into the bloodstream. Some research has shown this can increase the risk of early birth.
To keep gums healthy;
Visiting the Dentist
NHS dental care is free during pregnancy and for a year after your due date. Ask your Midwife or GP for an MatEx form (FW8) to take to your dentist.
If you don't have an NHS dentist *Click Here* to find one near you.
Tell your dentist if you are, or think you might be, pregnant when you make your appointment.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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