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How I can improve my dental health during pregnancy?

Many women find that hormone changes cause their oral health to get worse during pregnancy and a study suggests that poor oral hygiene could have an impact on an unborn baby.

Brushing twice a day to remove plaque helps to keep the gums healthy. If your gums do bleed, carry on brushing taking more care around the gum area and get advice from your dentist or hygienist. As a guide you should use a small headed medium-soft tooth brush and a fluoride toothpaste, (a very small brush may be better if you are suffering from nausea). Fluoride toothpaste helps to make the tooth enamel stronger and stop the bacteria from making so much acid, so spit out the residue toothpaste but don’t rinse your mouth with water. Using dental floss or inter-dental brushes will also help:

  • Keeping your gums healthy during pregnancy
  • Healthy diet
  • Smoking and gum disease

NHS dental treatment is free while you are pregnant and until your baby is one year old.

To find an NHS dentist in your area visit www.nhs.uk and type ‘find a dentist’ into the search box.

Last reviewed: 30/08/2019