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Oral health and pregnancy

Your child's baby teeth start to develop around the sixth week of pregnancy. Calcium is particularly important in your diet while you are pregnant and breastfeeding. It helps build the teeth and bones of the developing child.

The best insurance for a healthy baby is a mother who is well, eats a healthy diet before and during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.

If your own dental health is poor, your baby is more likely to have dental problems. Visit the dentist either before or soon after you become pregnant so any problems can be treated immediately. Be sure to tell your dentist if you are pregnant.

Keeping teeth clean

The nausea and fatigue many pregnant women experience can mean toothbrushing is neglected. A build-up of plaque can cause inflammation of the gums, also known as gum disease.

Gum disease may become worse during pregnancy but daily toothbrushing with a soft toothbrush and flossing will remove plaque and make the gums healthier.

Last updated: 9 December 2011