'A tooth for every child': Why oral hygiene is so important in pregnancy

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Gum disease can increase the risk of prematurity or low-birth weight babies.
Gum disease can increase the risk of prematurity or low-birth weight babies.

In the "good old days" when women dropped babies like eggs, the adage was "a tooth for every child". Thankfully, this no longer applies.

A calcium-rich diet, good dental care and a visit to the dentist ensure sparkling, healthy teeth and a broad smile during and after your pregnancy.

Some symptoms of pregnancy such as a dry mouth or excessive salivating, indigestion and reflux, painful, swollen and sometimes bleeding gums can interfere with normal daily brushing and flossing routines.

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