Oral Care During Pregnancy: Tips for a Healthy Smile

Pregnancy is a time of significant changes, not just bodily but also in oral health. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, understand the importance of oral care during this crucial time. Here we share valuable tips to ensure oral health is maintained throughout your pregnancy.

Understanding the Importance of Oral Health During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can lead to various dental issues due to hormonal changes. These changes can increase the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay, making oral care an essential aspect of prenatal care.

Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Even during pregnancy, regular Dental Exams and Cleaning are crucial. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy, as this may affect treatment plans. Routine checkups help in preventing gum disease and managing any dental problems that may arise during pregnancy.

Managing Pregnancy Gingivitis

Many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis — inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can help manage this condition. Periodontal Treatments may be recommended if gingivitis progresses.

Healthy Eating for Dental Health

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is crucial for both your health and that of your developing baby. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks which can increase the risk of tooth decay. Instead, opt for nutritious foods that promote dental health.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential during pregnancy. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Consider using antimicrobial mouthwash to further reduce plaque.

Dealing with Morning Sickness

If morning sickness is affecting your oral health, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water after vomiting to neutralize stomach acid and protect your teeth from erosion. Additionally, after rinsing with the baking soda solution, wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This delay allows the enamel softened by the acid to re-harden, reducing the risk of erosion caused by brushing. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help stimulate saliva production, further neutralizing acids and helping to cleanse the teeth and gums after episodes of morning sickness.

Postpartum Dental Care

After giving birth, it’s important to continue good oral hygiene practices and resume any dental treatments that were postponed due to pregnancy. Restorative dental treatments, if needed, can be safely completed after delivery.

A Healthy Smile During and After Pregnancy

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for expecting mothers. Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett are here to support you in maintaining excellent oral health throughout your pregnancy and beyond.


  1. American Dental Association – Oral health during pregnancy.
  2. Journal of Clinical Periodontology – The impact of pregnancy on oral health.
  3. Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology – Oral health in pregnancy.

For personalized oral care tips during pregnancy or to schedule an appointment, call 785-272-3864 or visit our website.