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First Smile Delaware-Prenatal Oral Health



Protecting your teeth protects your pregnancy. Start protecting your baby’s smile now.

Pregnant woman

Did you know that dental disease can have negative effects on your unborn child? In addition, snacking, nausea, and hormonal changes, are a natural part of pregnancy, but can also make you particularly vulnerable to dental disease.

An oral infection during pregnancy can lead to medical problems. Left untreated, severe gum disease may be associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. That’s why taking good care of your teeth during pregnancy is more important than ever. By taking a few simple steps you can protect your smile – and the health of your baby.

  • Continue to see your dentist regularly during pregnancy.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.
  • Limit sugary foods.
  • Drink fluoridated water or low-fat milk instead of soda.
  • If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water after vomiting to remove harmful acid; wait 30 minutes, and then brush your teeth.
  • Chew sugarless gum after eating.

By taking good care of your teeth during pregnancy, you are protecting your baby’s teeth, too!

Download a printable brochure of prenatal oral health tips.


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