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Although pregnancy increases your risk for certain oral health problems, gum disease does not seem to pose any particular risks. “We don’t see a lot of pregnant women who have periodontitis,” says Dr Zainab. That said, expectant mothers should be extra careful to keep their teeth healthy, since they are more prone to dental injuries during delivery.

Pregnancy and gingivitis go together like peas and carrots. During pregnancy, the immune system gets an extra boost. This makes it easier for bacteria and viruses to enter the body and cause inflammation.

The best way to prevent periodontal diseases during pregnancy is to practice good oral hygiene at least twice a day with a toothbrush and dental floss. This should start before conception and continue throughout pregnancy. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, use a gentle toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

While pregnant, get regular checkups with your dentist so that you can maintain good oral health and keep your baby healthy.