We focus a lot on infant gum and dental care and giving them the best start, but don't forget mum's pearly whites need looking after too!
Guest blog from Model, Author and Daily Mail Parenting & Health columnist, Alison Canavan
During your pregnancy you might notice your gums becoming tender. As well as visiting the dentist during pregnancy, It's advisable to go for a full check-up to take care of your dental health once your baby is born. Regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that out you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily - a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible. And of course, you must follow really good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems, so brush, floss & rinse! Don't forget that dental care is free for you on the NHS whilst pregnant and also for 12 months after your baby is born, so make sure you use it. NHS Dental care is also free for children under 18.