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Oral Health

Oral Health Before and During Pregnancy

Pregnant WomanTaking care of your mouth is important before and during pregnancy. Tooth decay and gum disease are infections that can affect you and your baby.

Good prenatal care includes care of the mother’s teeth and gums.  It is safe to visit the dentist while you are pregnant.

It is important to:

  • brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day;
  • floss once a day; and,
  • see a dentist

Eat healthy foods that will help you and will give your baby a healthy start.  Cut down on sweets like candy, cookies and sugary drinks.  Drink water especially between meals and after snacks.


  • Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women (pdf)
    Publication produced by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in collaboration with the South Carolina Oral Health Advisory Council and Coalition to address oral health issues specific to pregnant women in South Carolina. The publication is based on the clinical practice guidelines developed by New York State Department of Health. 

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