Oral Health Before and During Pregnancy

Pregnant Woman Taking care of your mouth is important before and during pregnancy. Tooth decay and gum disease are infections that can affect you and your baby.
Good prenatal care includes care of the mother's teeth and gums. It is safe to visit the dentist while you are pregnant.
It is important to:

  • brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day;
  • floss once a day; and,
  • see a dentist

Eat healthy foods that will help you and will give your baby a healthy start. Cut down on sweets like candy, cookies and sugary drinks. Drink water especially between meals and after snacks.

Resource for pregnant women

Dental Care Before, During and After Pregnancy ( pdf )
A downloadable patient focused flier that details the importance of good dental care before, during and after pregnancy.

Resource for providers

Oral Health During Pregnancy ( pdf )
A downloadable PDF containing recommendations and guidance for Health & Dental Professionals.




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