Back pain, morning sickness, fatigue, hunger — it’s hard to know exactly what to expect when you’re expecting. Your teeth may seem secondary
to other symptoms, but they matter more than you realize. Here are 3 common pregnancy and teeth FAQ, answered:
1. Why do my gums and teeth hurt during pregnancy?
Your hormones aren’t the only thing changing.
2. Do I need to have a teeth cleaning during pregnancy?
You need to have more than an ultrasound.
Add a dental visit to your new nursery and gender reveal party. A dental check-up may not be top of mind, but it’s important for a healthy pregnancy.
If you’re newly expecting, bring your baby-to-be belly to the dentist. A routine cleaning will keep your smile on-track. If you’re due for
an x-ray, they are safe up until the second trimester.
3. How much should I be eating during pregnancy?
You’re eating (and brushing) for 2.
The “eating for 2” cliché makes it easy to justify eating an entire ice-cream pint (it’s the only size you need, right?).
You do need to consume more when you’re expecting but maybe not the whole pint. Your baby’s teeth start to grow as early as 3 months
into pregnancy. Make 2 smiles and 2 bodies strong — eat a balanced
diet filled with calcium, phosphorous, protein, and vitamins A, C, and D. Eat healthy and your baby’s kicks will feel more like a high five.