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Practicing proper dental care habits is important for everyone. However, pregnant women in particular should be stringent about their oral health. Recently, the Maryland Dental Action Coalition called on pregnant women to make sure that their teeth are healthy both before and during their pregnancies. In response to this, The Baltimore Sun spoke to pediatric dentist Winifred
Booker, who explained why dental health is so important for expectant mothers.
According to the dental health expert, a woman's gums may become inflamed during pregnancy because of hormonal changes. Inflamed gums can lead to periodontal disease, which may cause low birth weight in infants.
Booker said that, along with visiting the dentist, there are home care steps that pregnant women can take to maintain their dental health. These include brushing twice a day, flossing daily and eating a balanced diet.
The Mayo Clinic states that loose teeth are also a common issue during pregnancy, because the increase in hormones can affect the bones that support teeth. Ideally, women should schedule a dental appointment before they attempt to get pregnant, and always tell their dentist if they are expecting.
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