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During Pregnancy

Taking care of your oral health is crucial during pregnancy. The hormones produced in pregnancy can cause gums to soften and bleed leaving you more susceptible to gum disease (gingivitis), sensitivity and other tooth problems; if left untreated this can affect both mother and baby.

Top Tips


Make an appointment: When you have decided to start trying for a baby book a dental appointment so that any necessary dental work, i.e. x-rays, can take place pre-conception. If you're already pregnant, schedule a routine appointment for the second trimester; usually after the initial pregnancy sickness has subsided


Brushing: It is more important than ever to brush and floss your teeth effectively during your pregnancy. Brush regularly and thoroughly (though not too vigorously) after meals or sugary snacks, at least twice a day.


Invest in a good toothbrush: Using an electric/battery operated brush with fluoride toothpaste will ensure a thorough clean. If using a manual brush, concentrate on good technique and do not apply too much pressure.  Use a small headed brush to reach all those hard-to-get-to areas at the back of your mouth. It's also important to floss at least once a day.


If you're suffering from pregnancy sickness: Avoid the temptation to brush immediately after being sick, the acid from your stomach can cause tooth erosion which will worsen with brushing. Instead drink a glass of water and return to brushing your teeth around an hour later.


Rinse aid: Pregnancy sickness is common and the acid can be very damaging to the surface of your teeth, rinsing your teeth with a fluoride mouthwash can help.


Mini brush and paste: Pregnancy can induce sugary cravings which you can ward off by cleaning your teeth on the go. Keep a mini brush and tube of paste in your bag at the ready for when those cravings strike.  


Watch your diet: Try not to give in to too many sugary cravings and stick to a healthy, well balanced diet packed with nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables.

Fillings and dental treatment in pregnancy

If you haven't visited the dentist for a while, now is the time! Not only will they be able to assess the condition of your teeth, but you can also visit the hygienist for a thorough clean and get some useful oral health tips which you can apply throughout pregnancy.  Also this is a life changing time when new habits can be instilled; not just during pregnancy but afterwards to help when caring for your new born child.

If you need a filling or two, your dentist will decide on the best course of treatment - taking into consideration your stage of pregnancy. Although there is no evidence to suggest mercury fillings are a health risk to pregnant women, their removal and application are generally avoided (where possible) until after the birth.

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