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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.


For more information on keeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy, download our brochure Keeping teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy.

Last updated: 9 December 2011