Routine Teeth Cleaning: Safe during Pregnancy?

I am 11 weeks pregnant and have my regularly-scheduled appointment for teeth cleaning. Is this recommended during pregnancy?

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The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth thoroughly with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily, floss at least once a day and schedule regular dental visits and periodic professional teeth cleanings.

Surprisingly, most pregnant women do not visit a dentist, even if they have dental problems, according to a study published in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. This can take a toll on their health, as well as the health of their baby, as gum disease has been linked to preterm birth.

It is recommended that adults have a cleaning at least every six months. Keep your regularly scheduled appointment, or make an appointment to see a dentist if you have not been seen for regular checkups. Because it's common for an expecting mom's gum to bleed more easily during pregnancy, you may find it helpful to have your teeth cleaned more frequently than usual.

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