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Looking after your oral health in pregnancy

It’s important that you keep up with your dental check-ups and appointments during pregnancy. If you’re not yet registered with a dentist, you can find your local NHS dentist here.

The changing hormone levels in pregnancy directly affect gum problems, and indirectly, tooth decay. Make sure you tell your dentist that you’re pregnant so that they can make sure any treatment they give you is safe for you and your baby.

The good news is that your trips to an NHS dentist will be free of charge throughout your pregnancy and until your baby is one year old. Your midwife or GP will give you a MATB1 form, which you complete to apply for your maternity exemption.

Pregnant lady holding teddy bear

Good oral hygiene while you’re pregnant is important. Make sure you:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using an adult fluoride toothpaste
  • Spit out the toothpaste – don’t rinse, as this washes off the protective fluoride in the toothpaste
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Replace your toothbrush at least every three months

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, don’t brush your teeth immediately after being sick as this will brush the acid around your teeth causing damage. Instead, rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride mouthwash after vomiting- speak to your dentist for further advice.

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Page last reviewed: 24-08-2022

Next review due: 24-08-2025