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Hygiene is important during pregnancy.

Does Oral Hygiene Affect Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a major stage in life, and your body goes through numerous physiological changes. Your emotions, temperament, and diet begin to change. One thing that’s important than during this time is your oral hygiene. In fact, it’s more important than ever. 

One of the changes taking place during pregnancy is hormonal changes which actually increase your risk of getting gum disease. Getting oral infections isn’t just a problem for you, but it can be a problem for your baby. A pregnant woman who gets gum disease can potentially affect the health of her unborn, developing child.

Before Pregnancy

Plan out your next dental visit.

If you’re planning for pregnancy, make sure you get a dental checkup. You want to be as prepared as possible for the start of the pregnancy and to make sure your teeth are healthy and clean. This way you don’t enter a pregnancy with any oral health issues.

During Pregnancy

Keep yourself in the best condition during pregnancy.

You should let your dentist know if you’re pregnant. However pregnancy doesn’t prevent you from getting regular dental checkups. It’s not only safe, but recommended. You want to keep your teeth in the best possible condition during pregnancy to avoid any oral infections. Because of hormone changes during pregnancy, you’re actually at an increased risk of contracting certain oral diseases.

Morning Sickness Making it Difficult to Brush?

Don't forget to floss.

It might be easier to change to a plain tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. If you’re prone to morning sickness, it can be difficult to deal with the harsh flavors of some toothpastes. See your dentist for specific toothpaste recommendations.

Using Mouth Rinse

Mouth rinse is also okay to use during pregnancy. In fact, it might even be more beneficial if you’re experiencing morning sickness. It’s good to use a mouth rinse after vomiting in order to rinse out any of the excess and bacteria.

Lastly, don’t forget to practice consistent oral hygiene at home. This will be the biggest factor in determining your oral health during pregnancy. If the effort of manually brushing twice a day seems becomes too daunting during pregnancy, a great alternative is an automatic toothbrush. The AutoBrush gives you a 360 degree clean with the push of a button.