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Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy

At-home Care

Regular dental visits are essential but they won’t make up for poor tooth care at home. Commit to brushing your teeth morning, before bed and after sugary snacks. Brush for two minutes at a time and use an electric toothbrush if possible. If the taste of toothpaste makes you nauseous, try different flavors or skip it until you feel better. “You don’t need to use toothpaste all the time,” says Dr. Tarra Elliot, owner of Eglinton Way Dentistry in Toronto. Brushing is what’s crucial.

Flossing every night is also essential – preferably before you brush. “That way you’re less likely to forget. Plus, brushing removes the plaque you’ve loosened with the floss,” says Dr. Elliot.

Fluoride is a must during pregnancy. “The only way the fetus gets fluoride into her primary teeth is through the mother,” says Dr. Elliot. “Mothers who don’t get sufficient fluoride during their pregnancy will have children that are more prone to cavities in their primary teeth.” Use fluorinated toothpaste and ask your dentist for fluoride when you visit for a cleaning.