If you are about to welcome a new baby into your life, you are probably consumed with getting the nursery ready, stocking up on diapers, and prenatal doctor visits. To ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible, you should also add a dentist visit to your to-do list.

Pregnant women tend to eat more carbohydrates. These foods leave a residue on the teeth that provides a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause plaque. Morning sickness and an increased gag reflex can also make it difficult to brush and floss regularly. Hormonal changes can also make gums more prone to inflammation and bleeding.

If possible, schedule a dental check-up and any necessary procedures prior to becoming pregnant. During pregnancy, it is best to schedule non-emergency procedures during the second trimester or early in the third trimester. It is important to continue twice daily brushing and daily flossing throughout your pregnancy.

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