Your Oral Health in Pregnancy

Due to pregnancy hormones, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Let’s look at how you can maintain good dental health while hapū.

Having healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy minimises your chances of running into any potential issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to do so is by keeping your teeth clean – brush and floss twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

Seeing your dentist for a check-up (the earlier in your pregnancy, the better) is also important for making sure your oral health is at its best. Be sure to let them know that you are pregnant in case you require an x-ray. You should avoid sugary foods and soft drinks and quit smoking while hapū.

If you’ve vomited, the New Zealand Dental Association recommends rinsing your mouth with water immediately and waiting 30 minutes before brushing.

If you’re experiencing any gum problems or symptoms of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding when brushing or flossing, see your dentist for an appointment.