During Pregnancy

Oral Health is Important During Pregnancy!
  • The health of your teeth and gums is important because it affects the health of you and your baby.
  • Getting oral health care while you are pregnant is safe.
  • During pregnancy, oral health care is covered by Maryland Medicaid. Link Medicaid to Maryland Healthy Smiles
  • If your mouth is healthy, you’ll be giving your baby a healthy start!

Tips for Good Oral Health during Pregnancy

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

  • Brush twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. (Link to fluoride page whenever fluoride is underlined)
  • Floss once a day to prevent red, puffy gums.
  • If you vomit, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to stop acid from attacking your teeth. Delay tooth brushing for at least 1 hour.

Get Oral Health Care

  • Make sure to make a dental appointment early in your pregnancy.
  • Tell the dentist that you are pregnant and your due date.
  • Oral health care, including the use of x-rays, most pain medications, and local anesthesia, is safe during pregnancy.
  • Changes to your body when you are pregnant may make your gums sore or puffy and may make them bleed. This problem is called gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). If gingivitis is not treated, it may lead to more serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.

Eat Healthy Foods

  • Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. Avoid foods high in sugar. Also avoid beverages high in sugar like juice, fruit-flavored drinks, soda, and some sports drinks.
  • If you have problems with nausea, try eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day.
  • Drink fluoridated water throughout the day, especially between meals. Most water filters do not remove fluoride.

Practice Other Health Behaviors

  • Attend prenatal classes.
  • Stop any use of tobacco products and recreational drugs.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Stop any consumption of alcoholic beverages.