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Good parents watch out for the best interests of their children. During pregnancy, the oral hygiene behaviors you practice (or don’t practice) can have a vast impact on the health of your child — and we’re talking about more than their pearly whites. Please think about following these bits of advice from Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS and the staff at Hansen Dental Care to strengthen your dental health during pregnancy: you and your child will both thrive from a healthy mouth!

Advice 1: Be wary of consuming foods relatively higher in sugar; they promote the development of plaque and tooth erosion.

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

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

Plaque, as you might recognize, is a biofilm of both organic and inorganic substances left on your teeth. Since acids that can erode your teeth love feeding on plaque, it’s important to keep your teeth clean from plaque, which is exactly why we brush our teeth. Pregnant women should be especially cautious for plaque since they are at an increased risk for forming it. We might be able to recommend 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 endorse that you stop by our office for regular checkups. Our staff has the advanced training, instruments, and experience necessary to support you in taking your oral health to the next level for the benefit of you and your baby.

We hope that this post has been enlightening and constructive to your recognition of some important tips for optimum oral health during pregnancy. If you’d like to schedule a visit with our Hansen Dental Care Pasadena, California, office, please give us a call at 626-793-2273 now.