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Smile Brighter for Two: Dental Care During Pregnancy is a Recipe for Healthy Smiles

Image of a bulletin board. Text says: You know when you buy a bag of salad and it gets all brown and soggy? Cookies don't do that.

Did you know that taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is not only beneficial for you but also for your little one?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oral health plays a crucial role in overall well-being, and this holds true across all stages of life.

So, let's dive into the giggles and grins as we explore why pregnant women should prioritize their dental care.

During pregnancy, women may be more prone to gum disease and cavities.

Pregnancy brings a rollercoaster of emotions, cravings, and hormonal changes. While it's tempting to indulge in your favorite pregnancy cravings (hello, cookies!), it's important to remember that these cravings can increase your risk of developing gum disease and cavities. As the CDC points out, hormonal shifts during pregnancy can make your gums more sensitive, leading to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. This makes maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, even more crucial during this time. So, don't forget to sprinkle some extra TLC on your teeth and gums as you savor those cookies!

A mother’s oral health status is a strong predictor of her child’s oral health status.

As a new mom, you want nothing but the best for your bundle of joy. Did you know that your own oral health status can be a strong predictor of your child's oral health? It's true! The CDC reveals that if moms have high levels of untreated cavities or tooth loss, their children are three times more likely to have cavities too. It's like passing down a recipe for dental woes! But fear not, superhero mommies! By prioritizing your dental care, you're setting a sparkling example for your little one and giving them a head start on their oral health journey. So, embrace the power of your smile and let it shine as a beacon of healthy teeth and gums for your child to follow.

a child with large round black glasses and pigtails. her mom is looking into her mouth with a magnifying glass and they are pretending to be dentists.
If mothers have high levels of untreated cavities or tooth loss, their children are 3X more likely to have cavities.

Let us help ensure that your dental health remains strong and vibrant during and after your pregnancy. Remember, healthy smiles start from within, and maintaining your oral health during pregnancy is a vital ingredient in the recipe for lifelong dental wellness. At Nashville Smile Creations, our caring team of dental professionals is here to support and guide you on this exciting journey. So, grab your toothbrush, add a dash of toothpaste, and together, let's cook up a beautiful and healthy smile for both you and your little one!

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