Promote the importance of oral health during pregnancy for mum and baby.

REMEMBER – Key messages

During pregnancy women are more susceptible to bleeding gums (due to hormonal changes) this should not be anything to worry about, however, if they are concerned or have any inflammation/pain encourage them to contact a dentist.

During pregnancy we encourage women to eat little and often. We also need to encourage women to make healthy choices. The increase of snacking can lead to tooth decay, therefore, here are a few ‘tooth-friendly snack ideas:

  • Bread-based snacks i.e. breadsticks and dips, crumpets/toast with low fat spread, pitta bread and houmous.
  • Vegetable crudités i.e. chop up sticks of carrots, cucumber and peppers and dip into low fat natural yoghurt or houmous.
  • Fruit – where possible choose fresh whole fruit as these are kinder to teeth. However dried fruit taken with a meal or yoghurt can be a nourishing choice. Frozen and tinned fruit (tinned in their natural juices) are also good choices of fruit. Fruit juices and smoothies can be highly cariogenic (lead to tooth decay) so only have these with a meal.
  • Others – try a handful of nuts or a little sandwich.

Some women may suffer from ‘morning sickness’, vomiting and acid reflux. It is important to discourage toothbrushing straight after vomiting as the enamel has been softened and thus is susceptible to damage. Alternatively suggest rinsing with water or a mouthwash and waiting for 30-40minutes before toothbrushing.