Taking care of your teeth and gums is important. Problems with your teeth and gums can affect the health of your entire body. And if you get pregnant, these problems can affect the health of your pregnancy too.
Here are some tips to keep your mouth healthy:
- Visiting your dentist is safe any time during pregnancy.
- Visit a dentist at least once a year, or as often as the dentist recommends, for cleaning, exam and protective treatments, such as fluoride and dental sealants.
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush at least two times every day, especially before bed.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Limit foods and drinks containing sugar to mealtimes only. Don’t drink juice, soda or carbonated drinks, including diet soda, between meals. Juices and sodas contain sugar that can cause tooth decay (cavities). Even diet sodas contain acids that can weaken the outer surface of your teeth.
- If you use chewing gum or candies, choose brands that are sugarless. Those containing xylitol are best and can help protect your teeth. Xylitol can actually help decrease the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.