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Dental Health in Pregnancy

Recent research has shown that the oral health of pregnant mothers can affect the health of their babies.

Gingivitis is the most common oral condition associated with being pregnant. It occurs in close to 60 percent to 75 percent of all women who are pregnant. As during puberty and menstruation, the increase in hormones exaggerates the gum tissue's response to bacterial plaque.

Although you have a lot to think about during this time, oral health is important during pregnancy and should not be neglected. Learn more about dental health in pregnancy here.

Dental Care for Your Children

Help your child have a lifetime of healthy smiles. Teach good dental hygiene.

Infant Care

•  Infant's teeth should be wiped with clean gauze after each feeding
•  Use clean pacifiers not dipped in honey or sugar
•  Bring your baby to a dentist on his/her first birthday

For Children

•  Brush at least two times a day with ADA approved toothpaste
•  Floss daily (all children with teeth should floss)
•  Use appropriate sized ADA approved toothbrushes
•  Replace toothbrushes every 3 months
•  Visit the dentist regularly


Illinois now requires all students to receive dental check-ups in order to attend school. Every child must provide proof of a dental check-up before May 15 of Kindergarten, 2 nd and 6th grades. Parents should contact their children's schools for more information.

Finding Dental Care

There are many resources available to help you and your child. Check out the Resources page for more information.

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