Oral health for pregnant women

February 3, 2014  17:03

Dental problems during pregnancy are quite common, with approximately 40 percent of women who have gingivitis, cavities, and periodontitis, according to a recent report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). And left untreated, many conditions can be harmful to you and your baby, Fox News reports.

One of the most common dental conditions is pregnancy gingivitis, which can cause red, tender, and swollen gums that bleed easily. 

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, here’s what you can do to prevent dental problems.

Brush and floss. Brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

Go to the dentist. 

Eat right: fiber-filled fruits and vegetables, nuts, and cheese. If you drink soda or coffee with sugar, have a cup but don’t sip on it all day, said Dr. Joseph Banker, founder of Creative Dental Care in Westfield, NJ. 

Chew gum and drink water.

 

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