Easy tips for healthier teeth

Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women. Here’s how to ensure your pearly whites get the care they need


You have everything to smile about — you’re expecting a baby! But studies show that pregnancy can lead to dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay in some women. From maintaining healthy gums to keeping your teeth pearly white, smile care can be the ultimate form of self-care.

Here are four tips to help you achieve your best smile.

Create a routine. Follow the “rule of two” for a brighter smile: brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes per session and visit your dentist twice a year.

Don’t forget to floss. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles between your teeth where a toothbrush can’t easily reach. Because plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, dentists recommend flossing daily. When flossing, gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, moving the strand up and down to left and right. Pro tip: if you tend to skip flossing before bed, try doing it right after a meal instead.

Give your gums some love. The foundation of a healthy smile is rooted (literally) in your gums. Your smile just isn’t as strong without a stable foundation. That’s why it’s important to take care of your gums.

Maintain your healthy habits. Taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day — remember, you’re making an investment in your oral health. Little daily changes can have an impact.