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Do you know how to take care of your smile during your pregnancy? If not, we are here to help you! Oral hygiene and dental care are extremely important while you hold the little bun in your oven, and it is best to do everything you can to properly take care of your teeth and gums. So, to help you do so, we recommend doing the following things:

· Brush: Brush your teeth every morning and every night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you brush for two minutes each time and you thoroughly scrub the front, back, top, and bottom of each tooth.

· Floss: Floss your smile at least once a day with a flossing product of your choice. Flossing will help you clean the hard-to-reach areas of your smile that your toothbrush could not reach. It can also help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.

· Rinse: Use an antibacterial mouthwash and rinse your mouth every night before you go to bed. Rinsing will help you complete the cleaning job and it will help you control the plaque growth on your smile.

· Have a balanced diet: Do your best to have a balanced diet each day. This will help you maintain the health and strength of your teeth, especially if you try to eat more fruits and vegetables as often as possible. If you can, please try to keep snacking down to a minimum.

· Visit your dentist: It is very important that you visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. These appointments will allow our dental team to deeply clean your smile and take care of any dental issues you have.

· Control the oral acid: If you suffer with severe morning sickness, the frequent vomiting can harm your smile. Because your teeth are exposed to stomach acid each day, the chances of developing tooth decay increase. So, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water to keep the acid from destroying your smile.

For more information about oral hygiene and dental care during pregnancy, please do not hesitate to give James D. Schuette. DDS. a call at 816-554-7656. Dr. James D. Schuette and our team at James D. Schuette. DDS. care for you and your smile, and we are happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your dental questions. We look forward to your call!