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Some helpful hints thanks to the ADA.

*Eating a healthy diet is important for you and for your unborn child. A baby's teeth begin to form in the second month of pregnancy. By eating a healthy, balanced diet, you can help your baby develop healthy teeth. This includes getting the right amounts of protien, vitamins A, C and D, and minerals like calcium and phosphorous. If you don't get enough of these nutrients, your child's tooth enamel may not form normally. This may make your child more likely to develop cavities later in life.

During pregnancy, many women feel hungry between meals. While this is a normal urge, frequent snacking on sugary foods can invite tooth decay. Choose healthy foods when you need a between-meal snack. For tips on how to eat a balanced diet, visit www.choosemyplate.gov

A mother's decay-causing bacteria can be passed to her child, so it is important to make sure your mouth is healthy before your child is born.

Tell your dentist if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant soon. Continue to see your dentist regulary while you are pregnant for oral exams, necessary treatment and teeth cleaning. It is generally safe to have dental treatment during this time.

Pregnancy hormones can make your gums more sensitive to plaque, the sticky film of bacteria on your teeth.  The plaque on your teeth can make your gums red, tender, and likely to bleed easily when you brush your teeth. This condition is an early form of gum disease called gingivitis.

Since gums of pregnant women can be extra-sensitive, they can be more likely to get gingivitis. And gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. This is why your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your pregnancy to help you avoid problems.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner can reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease.