Moms-To-Be Should Be Extra Diligent About Oral Health

Posted on May 16, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

While many pregnant women become more health conscious during pregnancy, moms-to-be should also be extra attentive to their oral health. Research has shown that oral decay and the bacteria of periodontal disease can lead to pre-term labor.  Additionally, many OB/Gyn doctors now caution their pregnant patients that poor oral health during pregnancy can put an unborn child at risk of infections or low birth weight.

When pregnant, women often eat more frequently. The reaction in your mouth is an acid attack every time you eat or drink. Be sure to swish or brush afterwards and floss daily. Use a tongue scraper, which helps to remove oral bacteria embedded in the tongue.

For those who are experiencing morning sickness, try to rinse with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Most importantly, however, have a thorough periodontal examination early in your pregnancy to ensure you and your baby can both enjoy optimal health!

To schedule a periodontal exam, call (828) 274-9440.

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