Drs. Golovan & Golovan
Norman Golovan D.D.S. 
Bruce Golovan D.M.D.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

28790 Chagrin Blvd. #300
Woodmere Village, OH 44122
(216) 591-0022
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Take Care Of Yourself Before The Baby Arrives

Eat A Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet isn't only important for you, but your unborn child as well.  During the second month of pregnancy, a baby's teeth begin to form.  By eating a healthy and balanced diet you can help develop healthy teeth for your baby.  A healthy diet would include getting the right amounts of protein, vitamins A, C and D, and minerals like calcium and phosphorous.  If you do not get enough of these nutrients, your child's tooth enamel may not develop normally.  This also may make your child more prone to cavities in the future.  During pregnancy, women feel hungry between meals.  Even though this is a normal urge, snacking on sugary foods can invite tooth decay.  Choose healthy foods when you need snacks between your meals.  
Keeping Your Own Teeth and Gums Healthy
A mother's decay-causing bacteria can be passed to her child, so it's important to make sure your mouth is healthy before your child is born.  Be sure to tell your dentist if you are or plan on becoming pregnant soon.  Continue to see your dentist regularly while you are pregnant for oral exams, necessary treatments and teeth cleanings.  It is generally safe to have dental treatment during this time.  
Pregnancy hormones may make your gums more sensitive to plaque.  This plaque on your teeth can make your gums red, tender and more likely to bleed while you are brushing your teeth.  This condition is known as an early for as gingivitis.  Since gums of pregnant women can be extra-sensitive, they can be more likely to get gingivitis.  Gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases of the gums if left untreated.  This is why dental visits are recommended during pregnancy to help you avoid these problems.  Brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner can reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum diseases.