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Health Tips for Pregnant Women

Oral Health Tips for Pregnant Women

Good oral health habits are important during pregnancy. 
Here are some tips to keep you and your new baby healthy:
  • Get a dental checkup. It is safe  to have dental care when you  are pregnant.  
  • Do not put it off until after you have the baby. 
  • Talk to you doctor if  you need help getting dental care or making an appointment. 
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that has fluoride.   
  • Floss once a day before bedtime to keep teeth and gums  healthy. 
  • Snack on healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit and cheese. Drink water and low-fat milk instead of  soda. 
  • Avoid foods and drinks that have a lot of  sugar since they can cause tooth decay. 
  • If  you have good oral health habits, your child will too! 
  • If you are pregnant and  have Medical Assistance or  are enrolled in the Maryland Children’s Health Program  (MCHP), you have dental coverage.  
  • Dental care is  available for pregnant women of any age. 
  • If you  do not  receive Medical Assistance or MCHP, but think  you are  eligible, contact the local health department, WIC Center or local department of social services.

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