Looking after your oral health in pregnancy

It’s important that you keep up with your dental check-ups and appointments during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can increase the risk of gum problems so it’s best to visit the dentist who can keep an eye on them. 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.

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

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
  • 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.

Useful links

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Leicester City: text 07520 615381

Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382

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