Although it can be one of the most exciting times of life for women, pregnancy does, unfortunately bring some health risks and problems. One of these is the concern of dental health during pregnancy. Schedule a dentist appointment soon after finding out the news of your pregnancy. Inform your dentist that you are expecting and they will make you aware of some things to do and assess the health of your mouth and teeth. It is important to inform your dentist that you are pregnant or if there is a risk you may be, as they may need to perform exams without the use of x-rays and certain drugs.

The influx of hormones present during pregnancy often lead to morning sickness accompanied by vomiting, an increase in the mouths’ acidity level, and the inflammation of your gums. The vomiting and acid can greatly attribute to tooth decay.

For mothers-to-be suffering from Morning Sickness, a baking soda and water mouthwash mix can help restore the mouths’ pH balance post-vomiting. The inflammation of gums may make you more susceptible to gingivitis and may cause your gums to bleed when brushing or flossing. More cleanings at your dentist office during pregnancy may be helpful.

As far as caring for your teeth during pregnancy, use a toothbrush that is soft on your teeth and gums to prevent irritation and continue to floss regularly. The American Dental Association recommends using mouthwash and toothpastes with fluoride throughout your pregnancy.