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What about my teeth when I'm pregnant?

Like everything when you are pregnant, it's important to look after your mouth. You share nutrition (eg: calcium) with your child, so your diet should be adjusted to take this into consideration.

Fluctuating hormones mean that your gums become more inflamed and prone to bleeding and swelling. Oral care becomes more important as severe, chronic gum infection has been linked to babies arriving prematurely.

Persistent vomiting can affect the enamel on your teeth.
 
The health of your new babies mouth will be linked to the health of you and your partner's mouth, as dental bacteria are passed from parents to children. It's important that you don't put off coming to the dentist if you have a problem.