When you are pregnant, your hormones are constantly fluctuating, which can have an effect on the health of your gums and teeth, making your mouth more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. This is why pregnancy is a risk factor for gum disease. In fact, one study found that many pregnant women need better dental care to protect their gums and teeth. To protect your oral health, follow this rinse routine twice daily so you have one less thing to worry about over the next 9 months.
Mouthwash Routine for Expecting Moms
Pour 20 ml (4 teaspoons) of Listerine Antiseptic rinse into a paper cup.
Empty the cup into your mouth. Do not dilute the solution with water.
Swish for a full 30 seconds (try counting to 30 in your head, or using a stopwatch). Don't worry, if you can't get to 30 seconds the first time - it gets easier each time you try.
During rinsing, swish your mouth.
Spit the solution out in the sink.
TIP: Fortify your daily diet with foods especially good fro gum health, such as fruits packed with vitamin C but also low in acidity, such as kiwi and honeydew melon.
Note: After completing your healthy-mouth routine, its important to refrain from eating and drinking for 30 minutes.