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Oral health during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and with so many other things to think about, your dental health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But pregnancy can make your teeth and gums more sensitive, so don’t forget to look after them properly.

How your pregnancy diet makes a difference

Increased hormones during pregnancy can make your gums more susceptible to plaque, which may lead to inflammation and bleeding. Try to avoid sugary drinks and limit sugary foods to mealtimes when you can. This will help protect your teeth and gums while they’re more vulnerable.

A healthy, balanced pregnancy diet can also make a big difference to your little one’s dental development.

Did you know your baby’s teeth first start to develop in the sixth week in the womb? Getting 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day will help to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body. These are vital building blocks for the development of healthy teeth and bones.

You can find a useful list of calcium-rich foods, plus some foods to avoid, in our pregnancy diet blog.

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Free NHS mum and baby dental check-ups

Your little one will qualify for free check-ups on the NHS until the age of 18 (or 19 if they stay in full time education). But did you know that expectant mothers also qualify for free NHS dental care?

You can request the relevant application forms from your midwife, GP or health visitor. Your Maternity Exemption Certificate will remain valid throughout your pregnancy and for 12 months from your due date (pre-birth applications) or your baby’s actual date of birth (post-birth applications).

For a full summary of your dental care entitlement including how to apply, read our blog on NHS dental care: explained.

If you’re looking to book a check-up, either for yourself or your baby, find your local practice which offers NHS below, and get in touch with them.

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Once you’ve given birth, your child will go through different stages of smile development. Our advice pages take you from their first year, through to when they’re in primary school- so you’ll have guidance about caring for your child’s teeth, every step of the way.

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