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Fiction: You Should Avoid the Dentist While You’re Pregnant

Absolutely incorrect, says Malterud. Regular exams and cleanings should be done throughout pregnancy. Hormonal changes can affect the way your gums react to plaque, leading to gingivitis, which causes red, swollen and sometimes bleeding gums. Because gingivitis has been linked to low-birth-weight babies and preterm delivery, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during pregnancy to reduce this risk. And don’t worry: It’s also a myth that your teeth lose calcium or that a tooth will fall out during pregnancy.

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