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Does being pregnant affect my dental health and treatment?

​​Pregnancy can affect some women’s dental health, causing gum disease and an increased risk of tooth decay. Morning sickness can cause stomach acid to weaken the surface of your teeth, so proper oral care is important to manage and control the damage that can be done. Eating healthy foods allows the proper nutrients to enter your body and strengthen your teeth. Going to the dentist for cleanings on a more frequent basis can help with sensitivity and bleeding. X-rays are generally avoided during pregnancy, but can be taken if the risk of not taking them is greater than having them taken (to diagnose decay or infection). If dental work is needed, waiting until the second trimester is best.

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