1. Stop smoking!
Smoking is known to be the number one cause of harmful outcomes for babies. It causes dental health problems for the mother, too. Ask your partner for help. Join a community support group around you. Call the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-7867. Do anything and everything you can to find the support to help you quit. You don’t have to do it alone!
2. Get into your dentist for your routine cleaning.
When was the last time you visited your dentist? We recommend an appointment during your second trimester. A routine hygiene exam and cleaning can improve the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the health of your unborn baby. Gum disease can cause babies to be born too soon and too small. Studies show getting your teeth cleaned can make a difference in healthy pregnancies and healthy births.
3. Rinse, rinse, rinse!
Our mouths can be affected greatly during pregnancy. Morning sickness and reflux will expose your teeth to a higher level of stomach acid, which can cause dental erosion. Be careful about brushing immediately after vomiting, which can actually lead to further damage to enamel with your toothbrush. Try rinsing your mouth very well with water or mouth rinse instead and then brushing 30 minutes after once teeth are no longer as soft and prone to damage from the stomach acid. Chewing sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol can also help.