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As you prepare for your forthcoming bundle of joy, there are many vital items on your to-do list. But would you believe that one of your more important preparations have to do with maintaining your oral health? It’s true!

Pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so it’s imperative that you don’t neglect your oral health during those nine special but hectic months.

If your mouth is healthy, it is more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy, too. Brushing your teeth twice a day (for two minutes) with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily helps your health overall, which contributes to your baby’s well-being, as well.

Another important aspect of preparing for pregnancy is eating a healthy and nutrient-rich diet. Remember that your body and your baby’s body (and teeth) depend on how well you’re taking care of yourself before and during your pregnancy.

There is a prominent myth that a mother will lose one tooth for each baby she delivers. This is a falsehood. During pregnancy, it is common for women to experience gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease that causes swelling and tenderness. But you don’t have to experience gingivitis while you’re pregnant! You can prevent gum disease by maintaining your dental health and keeping your teeth clean!

Some expectant mothers ask about dental X-rays, believing that they cannot get X-rays while pregnant. Dental X-rays are sometimes necessary if you’re experiencing a dental emergency and you need to have the problem assessed. We have leaded aprons that minimize exposure to the abdomen.

Obviously, it’s preferable not to have any dental emergencies while you’re pregnant, so even if you’re merely in the “trying-to-get-pregnant” stage, you should schedule a dental checkup to reduce your risk of having problems. Allow your pregnancy to be a pleasant and peaceful time of planning and preparation for that wonderful day when your baby finally arrives.