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There is a connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy pregnancy. Getting proper dental care while you’re pregnant can improve your health, and the health of your child. While you take care of your children in every other way, let the Michigan Healthy Kids Dental program help you with their oral health.

Pregnancy and dental health

Pregnancy can bring changes to your mouth. These changes can cause gums to become irritated, red, and swollen. This irritation is an infection known as gum disease. If gum disease is not treated it can lead to tooth loss. Signs of gum disease include:

  • A bad taste in mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Red swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed while brushing and flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

How to avoid dental problems

Take good care of your mouth during pregnancy.  Every mother wants to decrease her risk of having an unhealthy baby. Follow the steps below to help have a healthy mouth and baby.

Practice good care

  • Brush twice per day and floss once per day.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or after you have been sick.
  • After vomiting, protect your teeth from acid by rinsing your mouth with one cup of water mixed with one teaspoon baking soda.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use tobacco.

Eat healthy foods

  • Lean meats like turkey, chicken, and fish
  • Breads and cereals containing whole grains
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, and yogurt
  • Fruits and vegetables including beans
  • Avoid food and drinks that are high in sugar
  • Drink water


If you have an infant at home

The germs that cause cavities are contagious. Mothers can pass germs from their mouths to their newborn child. Avoid kissing your baby on the mouth or tasting their food. Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol after meals and snacks helps lower the amount of cavity causing germs.

Need a dentist?

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to keeping Michigan children healthy, including their dental health. With eight out of 10 dentists accepting Healthy Kids Dental, you’ll be able to find a dentist to fit your needs.

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