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Pregnancy Affects Your and Your Baby’s Dental Health

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At Weeder Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the care you have for your baby’s health and your own health too! But did you know effective care can start with your oral health habits? Your mouth is the gateway to your body’s (and your baby’s) overall health. Oral health habits can affect the health of your baby during pregnancy.

We recommend a well-balanced, nutritious diet with leafy greens and extra protein with plenty of A, C and D vitamins. You need to take excellent care of your teeth and gums during this stage of immense growth. This is because the foods you choose to consume can affect your baby’s development. In fact, your baby’s teeth begin to form between the third and sixth months of pregnancy.

You may be experiencing swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums, also known as, “pregnancy gingivitis.” In fact, your increased hormones magnify the way the gums react to plaque buildup. It’s not your hormone levels but the plaque that can lead to gum disease. To avoid this oral health issue, continue to regularly brush twice and floss at least once a day. Also, make sure to see Dr. Greg Weeder regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. A toothbrush may not be the most elegant accessory, but it is effective.

We want you to feel comfortable at our office in taking the best care of you and your baby during this busy, exciting time. Please call 402-932-1177 to set up a consultation for how pregnancy effects your and your baby’s dental health. We look forward to seeing you!