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Expecting a baby is an exciting time. And with all the changes going on, it is important to keep your oral health on top of the priority list. While many women do not experience and pregnancy-related issues with their teeth, problems are not uncommon. There are some things you should be aware of to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

One condition that some women find themselves dealing with is known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” This is a mild form of gum disease brought on by hormonal changes and can lead to severe periodontal disease if left untreated. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and bleeding. Careful brushing and flossing prevent gingivitis.

Some women also have an increased risk of tooth decay due to morning sickness or changes in diet. If you suffer from morning sickness it is important to rinse your mouth so that acid does not attack your teeth and cause cavities. A teaspoon of baking soda in water can be effective, as are many mouthwashes.

Increased sugar in the diet can also lead to tooth decay, as acid-producing bacteria in the mouth feed off leftover sugars. Cravings can make your diet a little erratic during pregnancy, but while snacking, seek to make healthy choices. Your baby’s teeth start developing in the second trimester, so a nutrient-rich diet can help her have healthy, strong teeth.

Any routine or urgent dental procedures are safe for you and your baby while you are pregnant. Please call our Metairie, Louisiana, office at 504-832-1164 with any questions about how to ensure a healthy smile during your pregnancy. And congratulations from Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone everyone at Shelly Ereth Barone!