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Dental Care Before, During and After Pregnancy


  • Make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
  • Visit your dentist for a thorough checkup.
  • Complete all necessary dental works before getting pregnant.

1st Trimester

  • It is best to avoid dental works during the first trimester.
  • Tell your dentist that you are pregnant.
  • Change in hormones can cause inflammation of the gums or pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Do not brush your teeth immediately after vomiting or morning sickness. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and use a fluoride mouth rinse.
  • Use a toothbrush with a small head and use a bland toothpaste to prevent vomiting.
  • Baby teeth begin to form three months into pregnancy. What you eat will affect your baby’s developing teeth.

2nd Trimester

  • Dental procedures are safe during the 4th to 6th month.
  • Avoid snacking on sugary foods even though you may be craving them.
  • Maintain a balanced diet with plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and calcium for healthy teeth.
  • Due to hormonal changes, some pregnant women may experience pregnancy gum cysts.

3rd Trimester

  • Avoid dental treatments: still advisable to attend dental examinations
  • Continue good oral hygiene, brush your teeth twice daily and floss daily.


  • Soon after delivery, have a dental checkup.
  • X-rays, local anesthetics and nitrous oxide are safe while breastfeeding.
  • Wipe your baby’s gums after each breast feeding or bottle feeding.
  • Use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the baby’s first tooth erupts. Look for a toothpaste which says 500ppm (parts per million) of fluoride on the tube (less than 1000ppm)

Caring for your baby’s teeth

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with damp cloth or wipes (found in pharmacies) after every breast feeding or bottle feeding.
  • When the first tooth erupts, brush your child’s teeth with a smear amount of fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day.
  • Early childhood caries are caused by drinks containing sugar like juices.
  • Keep bottles and sippy cups out of the crib.
  • Never put your baby to sleep with juice.