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Can oral complications associated with pregnancy be prevented?

Not everyone will be able to prevent pregnancy gingivitis, but proper oral hygiene is a good start. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day as well. A mouthwash that kills bacteria will also help. You may still develop pregnancy gingivitis, but following these simple steps will help reduce your symptoms. If your gums become extremely irritated, a good cleaning by your dentist might help. Proper oral hygiene will help prevent pregnancy granulomas as well, as will eating a healthy diet.. For less severe complications like dry mouth, simply drink a lot of water and try chewing some sugarless gum.
Oral complications of pregnancy including gingivitis and dental caries (cavities) can be prevented with proper dental hygiene. Recommendations include having a dental checkup before getting pregnant to have any problems addressed and regular teeth brushing and flossing during your pregnancy. Poor oral hygiene during pregnancy has been shown to cause premature labor, so oral health is especially important during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is associated with some minor oral health problems such as gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease that causes gums to be red, tender and sore. The good news is that with good oral care, gingivitis is reversible. You can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth clean. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your second or early third trimester to help control gingivitis. If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, see your dentist.

 

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