Congratulations on this exciting and busy time of your life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy but don’t forget about your teeth and gums. It may be easy to overlook your mouth, but all the changing hormone levels that occur with pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health, too, and if your mouth is healthy, it’s more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy. If you have morning sickness and vomit, rinse your mouth with water ASAP. Also rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and place a dab of toothpaste on your finger and coat your teeth with it. Do not brush for at least an hour. Furthermore, Xylitol chewing gum can reduce your child’s cavities by 70%. Ask us how. We’re here to help you and your baby have great dental health. Look for more information under Children’s Dentistry and Prevention. So keep your dental check-ups! It’s important to continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleanings. Make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Good daily care is vital. That means always brushing your teeth four a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss, eating a balanced diet and limiting between meal snacks.