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Expecting a new baby is an exciting time. It can also be stressful. Many women worry if their current health habits are good for their baby, and wonder if they should make any changes. Your oral health is an important element of your overall wellness, and there are some considerations you should make regarding your teeth if you are expecting.

First, know that routine dental care is safe any time during pregnancy. Urgent procedures, such as fillings, extractions, and root canals, can also be performed. Local anesthesia and X-rays will not affect your baby. Elective procedures, like whitening, should be postponed until after your baby arrives.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is always important, but is especially so during pregnancy. Changes in hormones can make you more susceptible to “pregnancy gingivitis,” a mild form of periodontal disease. Symptoms include red, sensitive gums and bleeding. Effective brushing and flossing can prevent this.

Morning sickness can also cause dental problems. Stomach acid can attack the enamel on your teeth and cause cavities. It can also cause some women to forego brushing, which can exacerbate tooth decay. Rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water can counteract any acid left in the mouth.

Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is incredibly important. If you have any questions or have experienced any dental symptoms during your pregnancy, call Carp Dental in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy pregnancy.