Q: I’m Pregnant. Do I Need to Do Anything Different to Care for My Teeth?
A: Eat a well-balanced diet. Food low in carbs and acidity are great for your teeth (ex: avocado, yogurt, cucumbers, carrots, bananas, and watermelon). Also, products like MI paste, fluoridated over-the-counter toothpaste, and some mouth rinses are safe and can prevent cavities during pregnancy. At our office we have a guideline for you to follow during and after your pregnancy. Ask for your copy!
Q: Can I Do Harm If I Don’t Go to the Dentist While Pregnant?
A: In some cases when a mother has not been to a dentist in years, she may develop periodontal disease. This disease is related to inflammation, and there have been studies that link preterm and low birth weight babies to mothers with periodontal disease. It is important to have this treated before pregnancy; if you are pregnant, it is important to have it treated as soon as possible. Ask for a copy of our brochure “What to Expect When You’re Expecting: A New Mom’s Guide to Oral Health.”