Looking after your teeth and gums and seeing your dentist regularly will help to keep your mouth healthy and ease any discomfort during pregnancy.
Many pregnant women get a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. If you have it, your gums:
It’s caused when your body produces more of the hormone progesterone which boosts the blood supply to mouth and makes gums more sensitive to bacteria.
Once your baby’s born, pregnancy gingivitis should go away.
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To keep your mouth healthy:
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While you’re pregnant and for the first year after your baby’s born, you can get free NHS dental treatment. If you have a non-NHS dentist, they’re not obliged to offer you free treatment.
Keep going to your dentist and dental hygienist regularly. It’s a good idea to tell them you’re pregnant so they can give you the right information and advice. They can also tell you about the Childsmile programme which will help you look after your baby’s teeth as they grow.
If you’re not registered with a dentist, now is a good time to do it.
The NHS Patient Claims team can answer any questions that you might have about entitlements to dental care throughout pregnancy and after your baby’s born.
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2 November 2023