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FAQs About Dental Care and Pregnancy

*This webpage is for information purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for professional dental advice.*

Does being pregnant mean I’ll lose my teeth?

No. Pregnancy does not cause you to lose teeth.  It’s a myth that your body will take calcium from your teeth to nourish your growing baby.

Eating enough dairy products or taking calcium supplements while you’re pregnant will give your developing baby the calcium he or she needs.

Visit Caring for Your Child’s Teeth to learn more about how your oral health can affect your baby during your pregnancy.

Should I stop going to the dentist while I’m pregnant?

No. Continue to visit your dentist regularly during pregnancy.  Getting your teeth cleaned can decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth that cause dental diseases.

If I visit my dentist during my pregnancy, do I have to tell him or her that I’m pregnant? 

Yes. Your dentist needs all your information to be able to make a proper assessment for needed dental services (i.e. x-rays, cleanings, etc.). Discuss your dental concerns with your dentist.

How can I take care of my oral health during pregnancy?

  • Brush two times each day.
  • Floss each day.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

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