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Good oral health is an important component of overall wellness, and wellness helps ensure a healthy pregnancy. If you are expecting a baby, there are some things you should know about changes in and potential challenges to your oral health.

The most important thing to remember about your oral health while you’re pregnant is to not let it fall by the wayside. Keep up your brushing and flossing habits, and come in to Northpointe Dental for regular cleanings. These can be done all through your pregnancy. Urgent procedures can also be safely performed, from fillings to root canals. Local anesthesia and X-rays are safe for you and your baby.

Good oral hygiene habits can prevent many potential issues. Because of hormonal changes, some women develop “pregnancy gingivitis,” a minor form of gum disease characterized by redness, tenderness, and bleeding. Morning sickness can also pose specific challenges due to the presence of more acid in the mouth than normal. Acid eats away at tooth enamel, and causes cavities if not cleaned off by brushing.

For many reasons, including your mouth, you should pay special attention to your diet. Your baby’s teeth start to develop in the second trimester, and your diet can influence their healthy growth. Vitamins A, C, and D, calcium, phosphorous, and protein all contribute to healthy tooth growth. Excessive sugars can contribute to your own tooth decay.

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and here at Northpointe Dental, we want to help you have a healthy one by taking care of your teeth. Call our Zanesville, Ohio, office at 740-454-6644 with questions or to set up an appointment.