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The Importance of Oral Health During Pregnancy

A gynecologist isn’t the only health expert you’ll want to visit before pregnancy; a dentist may also have a hand in helping a woman have a healthy pregnancy. Gum disease, such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (more advanced gums disease), has been associated with the risk of preterm delivery and low birthweight babies, so schedule a preconception dental cleaning and exam.

Your home hygiene (brushing and flossing) is very important, but if you need to have any dental work that involves X rays or medications, you’re best off taking care of these things before you conceive.