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Do pregnant women need to visit the dentist?

Yes, you should continue to see your dentist during pregnancy for oral examinations and professional teeth cleaning. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Good daily care is key to your oral health. To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, always brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

Roughly 6 million women become pregnant each year and at least half of them will visit their dentist. More should. Seeing a dentist during pregnancy is a good idea because your dentist can take steps to prevent or treat gingivitis or periodontitis, which has been known to increase risk for premature delivery.

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