It is important to look after your teeth and gums whilst you are pregnant as having a healthy mouth will benefit both you and your developing baby

Being sick can happen during your pregnancy – especially in the early stages. Your stomach contents can be very acidic, so regular sickness can cause damage to the surface of your teeth.

Some women get swollen and sore gums, which may bleed, in pregnancy. Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This is also called pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease.

It is important to go to you dentist regularly throughout to your pregnancy to prevent gum disease.

If you / your family are not registered with a dentist, now is as good a time to arrange this

Taking care of your mouth lowers your risks of developing tooth decay and gum disease, and sets good examples for your baby to follow too.

If you are unsure of how to register with a dentist in Fife, Fife Dental Advice Line can help you find one.

Contact Fife Dental Advice Line via phone on:

01592 226 555

or via email: fife-uhb.dentaladviceline@nhs.net

Everyone should have a dental check up at least once per year.

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