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Congratulations on your new baby! From buying tiny clothes and decorating the nursery to seeing that first ultrasound, pregnancy is an exciting time. Many women wonder how their pre-pregnancy habits will affect their baby. This includes their regular oral hygiene habits. There are a few things you should know about how pregnancy can affect your teeth.

The first thing you should know is that it is absolutely safe to keep coming to the dentist, even for more serious procedures than regular cleanings. Local anesthetics used during fillings, extractions, and root canals have been shown to have no negative effects on pregnancy. X-rays used to diagnose problems are also safe. So if you are experiencing a dental problem, don’t put off treatment.

While many women experience no dental problems related to pregnancy, you should be especially diligent in your oral hygiene routine. This is because some women become prone to conditions such as “pregnancy gingivitis.” This is a mild form of gum disease, preventable with effective brushing and flossing. Tooth decay can also occur during pregnancy due to morning sickness and changes in diet. Acid from the stomach or the bacteria in your mouth can attack tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you suffer from morning sickness, one tip is to rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in water to prevent stomach acid from attacking your teeth.

Each woman and each pregnancy is different, so if you have any questions or concerns about your specific dental condition, we urge you to make an appointment with Dr John Bosak, Jr. in his Granada Hills, California office. Good oral health will contribute to a healthier pregnancy.