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How do I treat gum disease if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, tell your dentist about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Many women develop gingivitis during pregnancy so good daily care is the key to your oral health. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent and/or treat gum disease.

To help prevent gum disease, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Floss daily with an interdental cleaner. Look for oral care products that display the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance so you know that they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Managing gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis while you are pregnant is not as difficult as you might think. Try switching to a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and limiting or avoiding foods high in sugar such as candy bars or soft drinks.

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