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Great parents look out for the greatest interests of their children. During pregnancy, the oral hygiene behaviors you practice can have a large impact on the health of your child — and we’re talking about more than their chompers. Please think about following these bits of advice from Dr. Marco Gutierrez and the team at Royal Dental Care to enhance your dental health during pregnancy: you and your child will both benefit from a healthy oral cavity!

Advice 1: Be watchful of consuming foods relatively higher in sugar; they promote the advance of plaque and tooth breakdown.

Foods high in sugar, like soda, candy, and baked goods, promote the collecting of plaque on pearly whites, subsequently leading to tooth corrosion, cavities, and periodontal disease. Although cravings for these things will definitely come during pregnancy, battle off the desire to consume sugary foods. Your teeth, your baby’s chompers and the health of you and your baby will improve if you do so.

Advice 2: Closely inspect the amount of plaque on your teeth.

Plaque, as you may recognize, is a biofilm of both organic and inorganic materials left on your chompers. Because acids that can break down your pearly whites love feeding on plaque, it’s important to keep your pearly whites clean from plaque, which is exactly why we brush our chompers. Pregnant women should be particularly alert for plaque because they are at an increased risk for forming it. We may be able to endorse a special mouthwash for you if your plaque levels are high.

Advice 3: Regularly schedule visits with our practice so we can watch out for your overall dental health.

And of course, no guidance would be complete if we didn’t suggest that you stop by our office for regular checkups. Our staff has the advanced training, tools, and experience needed to help you in taking your dental health to the next level for the advantage of both you and your baby.

We hope that this post has been instructive and constructive to your understanding of some important tips for positive oral health during pregnancy. If you’d like to schedule a checkup with our Royal Dental Care Newberg, Oregon, office, please contact us at 503-554-6714 now.