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Expectant mothers who develop gum disease are more likely to have low birth-weight babies, the Pennsylvania Dental Association has warned.
With this risk in mind, the PDA is urging pregnant women to make sure they continue to practice good dental habits by brushing twice a day and flossing daily, particularly as an increase in hormone levels tends to raise the chance of inflamed gums.
In addition, PDA member Dr Linda Himmelberger recommends that women who suffer from morning sickness may want to take extra steps to protect their teeth.
"Rubbing a paste of baking soda and water on the teeth and leaving it on for 30 seconds can neutralize the effects of acids accompanying morning sickness and help prevent tooth erosion," she comments.
Finally, the PDA reminds women to let their dentist know if they are pregnant before they undergo x-rays or other procedures.
Founded in 1868, the PDA has around 6,000 members and is part of the American Dental Association.
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