Doctors advise women to take care of their bodies during pregnancy. Women are cautioned to eat a healthy diet, stay active and to take prenatal vitamins to contribute to the good health of their impending arrival. Another important part of a healthy pregnancy is practicing good oral hygiene.
Pregnant women should also make time to ensure they take care of their teeth and gums. This is because the hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy lead to tooth decay and gingivitis, and it is estimated that 50 percent of pregnant women have a form of periodontal disease. If these conditions go untreated, they lead to tooth and gum loss, as well as serious health complications that impact both mother and child.