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Women who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or nursing should heed the advice of their dentists when it comes to dental health. And virtually all dentists agree there are some general rule-of-thumb guidelines women of child-bearing age should follow. To make sure you’re aware of the risks associated with poor dental health during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, we’ve compiled a list of some easy tips and warnings.

Brush/Floss Regularly
Many new moms find it difficult to adjust to the schedules of their babies, which is why they tend to delay or forget basic dental hygiene. So if you’re a new mom, make sure you make it a point to brush those pearly whites and floss daily.

Prevent Teeth Grinding
The stresses of motherhood frequently cause women to suffer from teeth grinding or jaw clenching overnight. The easiest solution is to have your dentist fit you with a custom mouthguard that provides a protective layer between the teeth.

Hydration Is Important
A dry mouth can pose all kinds of problems, including gum disease and cavities. And new moms have a habit of putting their needs last. This is why women who are pregnant or nursing should be making sure they are properly hydrating themselves.

Medication Complications
Having dental work done while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding can be a bit tricky. To avoid any type of complications and to make sure the medications you’ll be taking won’t harm your baby, it’s best to consult with your dentist beforehand. He or she will be able to help come up with a plan that protects both you and your child.

Dental health and hygiene is crucial for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to conceive. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us or stop by our office to get the answers you deserve!