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Pregnant? Go to the Dentist

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A new study says pregnant women are more likely to need dental work. 

 	 Male dentist examining female patient's teeth

You may pride yourself on having glowing dental records, but when you're expecting, it's crucial to take even better care of your teeth.

And although guys are more likely to get gum disease, new research from the American Academy of Periodontology says women don't have better oral health than men -- and it's all because of hormone and dietary changes during pregnancy.

According to lead study author John Lukacs, an anthropologist at the University of Oregon, women produce less saliva during pregnancy. And since saliva protects teeth from bacteria that eat away at teeth, women are more likely to get cavities.

And thanks to all those sweet and sugary pregnancy cravings -- especially in the third trimester -- women ingest more sugar that can rot away at their pearly whites.

But no need to put a kibosh on your Chunky Monkey dependency -- just make sure to brush and floss twice a day.

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
Bill Warner October 25, 2008, 2:22 PM

If you are trying to establish a flossing habit, look at Gripit Floss Holders. I found they let me floss without putting my fingers into my mouth. You can see them at

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