Pregnancy is an important time to be more aware of your oral health. The
First 2000 Days of your child’s life begins from conception. It is important to keep your mouth healthy before, during and after pregnancy for long term health benefits for you and your child. Poor oral health can affect your pregnancy and increase the risk of your child developing dental decay.
Pregnancy hormones may cause swelling (inflammation) and bleeding gums (gingivitis). Frequent vomiting and food cravings can increase plaque bacteria and acidity levels in the mouth, leading to tooth sensitivity and bleeding gums. Daily dental hygiene routine and visiting a dentist can support your wellbeing and general health, and provide your child with a healthy start in life.
For everyday messages on how to keep your mouth healthy see Healthy habits for a healthy mouth.
Discuss with women who are planning pregnancy or are pregnant the importance of good oral health for their own health and the health of their growing baby. Encourage a dental check before or as soon as they are pregnant.
Midwifery Initiated Oral Health (MIOH) e-learning course has been designed to provide qualified midwives with the necessary skills for assessing and initiating oral health care for women during pregnancy and postnatal.