Brushing for two: Dental health tips for expecting mothers

Oral Health

Brushing for two. Often, pregnant women question if dental care during pregnancy is safe. Dr. Kristina Bath with the Wisconsin Dental Association joins FOX6 WakeUp to answer all our questions.

The WDA recommends these oral health practices for expecting mothers:

Brush and floss every day. You’ve heard this plenty of times before, but there are even more reasons to practice these habits during pregnancy.

Dentists recommend that pregnant patients brush twice daily with toothpaste that contains fluoride, and floss once daily, at the very least. Hormonal changes in the body while pregnant will affect the way gums react to plaque, which is why it is important to be thorough when cleaning your teeth.

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Nearly half of pregnant women will develop pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that most commonly develops between the second and eighth month. This can cause gums to become red, sore and even bleed.

If left untreated, gingivitis will not only cause irritation and discomfort, but can also lead to more serious forms of gum disease, premature labor, low birth weight and more.


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