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Good parents look out for the greatest interests of their children. During pregnancy, the oral hygiene behaviors you practice (or don’t practice) can have a huge impact on the health of your child — and we’re talking about more than their teeth. Please consider following these bits of advice from Dr. Carol Halloran and the staff at Crossroads Dental to enhance your dental health during pregnancy: you and your child will both benefit from a healthy mouth!

Advice 1: Be watchful of consuming foods higher in sugar; they promote the growth of plaque and tooth decay.

Foods high in sugar, such as soda, candy, and baked goods, promote the stockpiling of plaque on pearly whites, subsequently leading to tooth erosion, cavities, and periodontal disease. Although cravings for these things will definitely come during pregnancy, fight off the urge to consume sugary foods. Your chompers, your baby’s pearly whites and the overall health of your baby will enhance if you do so.

Advice 2: Closely watch the amount of plaque on your pearly whites.

Plaque, as you might know, is a biofilm of both organic and inorganic materials left on your pearly whites. Because bacteria 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 pearly whites. Pregnant women should be especially watchful for plaque since they are at an increased risk for creating it. We might be able to suggest a special mouthwash for you if your plaque levels are high.

Advice 3: Regularly pencil in visits with our practice so we can monitor your overall oral health.

And of course, no guidance would be complete if we didn’t endorse that you visit our office for regular checkups. Our staff has the advanced training, apparatuses, and experience necessary to support you in taking your dental health to the next level for the benefit of you and your baby.

We hope that this post has been educational and helpful to your recognition of some important tips for positive oral health during pregnancy. If you’d like to pencil in a visit with our Crossroads Dental Waterloo, Iowa, office, please contact us at 319.291.3908 now.