Women should floss and brush their teeth after every meal if possible. It is also important for women to visit a dentist during pregnancy, and report any signs of gum disease to their dentist as soon as possible. The results from the new study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, show that simply using mouthwash may prevent gum disease, which can also prevent premature labor. An expectant mom should select an alcohol-free mouthwash and rinse her mouth twice per day, for at least thirty seconds each time. Maintaining a healthy mouth and having good oral care habits while pregnant will have an effect on not only the mom’s health, but will help protect her baby, as well.
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