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While you are pregnant

  • Get a dental checkup. It is safe to have dental care when you are pregnant, including dental x-rays, local anesthesia, certain medications, cleanings, fillings and other dental treatments. Do not put it off until after you have the baby.

    • Health Plan of San Mateo Dental covers dental services while you are pregnant and after you have the baby. Click here for more details about coverage.
    • Some dental offices will request a referral from your OB/GYN to schedule a dental appointment. Talk to your doctor if you need help getting dental care or making an appointment. Tell the dental office staff that you are pregnant and your due date. 
  • Changes to your body when you are pregnant can make your gums sore, puffy, and more likely to get a mild gum disease that is reversible called gingivitis. This is why it is important to brush and floss everyday and visit the dentist. If your gums are sore, you can use a softer toothbrush. If gingivitis is not treated, it could lead to a more severe gum disease that could cause tooth loss. 
  • If you have morning sickness and vomiting, protect your teeth from the acid that can cause teeth erosion by rinsing with tap water or a teaspoon of baking soda and a cup of water. Before bed, rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash with fluoride.
  • Chewing gum or mints with “xylitol” is recommended during pregnancy and until the baby is about two years old, because it can reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Continue to practice good daily oral health habits: brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing at least once before bedtime, drinking fluoridated water, and eating healthy foods and drinks low in added sugars.

After the baby is born

Click here to see how to care for your baby’s gums, baby teeth, and mouth.

To download brochures in English and Spanish about oral health and pregnancy, click here for English, and click here for Spanish / Español.