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As you prepare to add another member to your family, it’s extremely important that you care for your smile in every way you can. Pregnancy can have a huge toll on your smile, and if you don’t take proper care of it, your oral health can falter. So, to help you care for your teeth and gums during your pregnancy, Dr. Jeryl Abbott and our friendly dental team at Midlothian Dental Arts recommend doing the following things:

Keep up on oral hygiene
Please brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. Doing these things will help you deeply clean your smile on a regular basis and maintain a successful oral health. As you brush, floss, and rinse, we recommend that you use the right tools, which are products that have been approved by the American Dental Association. That way, your smile is properly cared for.

Talk to your dentist
Make sure you visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. When you are in our office, tell your dentist that you are pregnant so we can look for any dental health signs related to pregnancy. It is also important that you mention the medications you are taking or any special advice you have received from another physician.

Watch for changes in the mouth
Pregnancy can change a lot of things about your body, and it can especially make major changes in your mouth. So, please watch out for any signs of pregnancy gingivitis or pregnancy tumors. The signs include red, swollen, or bleeding gums or red, raspberry-like sores on your gums. If you see these signs, visit your dentist immediately.

Have a healthy diet
It is very important for you to have a healthy diet when you are pregnant, especially because it can help you maintain the health of your smile. So, make sure you get the nutrients you need each day, like vitamins A, C, and D as well as protein and calcium.

Deal with morning sickness
If you are frequently throwing up because of morning sickness, we ask that you prevent tooth decay by rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water. This will keep the acid from attacking your smile.

If you experience any problems or concerns, we ask that you call 804-419-5155 as soon as possible and schedule an appointment with your dentist. We also encourage you to call our office if you have any questions or if you need help completing any of the mentioned tasks. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your call!