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Parents look out for the best interests of your child. When you’re pregnant, the things you eat can have a huge impact on the health of your child. That’s why it’s important to be conscious of the types of foods and drinks you choose to eat when you’re pregnant. We’ve put together this information on how to improve your diet during pregnancy to help you and your child stay healthy.

When you’re pregnant, watch out for foods high in sugar. Try to eat vegetables (lower in sugar), grains, lean proteins, and dairy. Of course sugar will always be crucial to good health, but too much sugar may wear away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay. Consider eating foods rich with folic acids, which lower your risk of birth defects. Strawberries, bananas, broccoli, oranges, asparagus, rice, breads, and peas are great sources of folic acid.

Just like it’s important to eat the right kinds of foods, you should also forego eating the wrong kinds of foods. Highly sugary foods are dangerous to your overall dental health because they cause plaque buildup, which may chip away at your enamel and lead to decay in your teeth. Candy, cakes, sugary cereals, and sugary drinks should all be avoided. When your teeth are plaque-free, they’ll remain healthy.

The last thing we’ll say on healthy eating is that there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to snack. Eating small snacks throughout the day can help you reduce motion sickness, vertigo, and nausea, but beware the plaque buildup that frequent snacking can cause. If you do choose to snack often, consider brushing your teeth often as well!

If you’re ready to keep your mouth healthy during your pregnancy, please contact our dentist’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina; our staff at Derek C. Barnes, DMD are trained to assist pregnant women. Dr. Derek C. Barnes will go over the do’s and don’ts of dental health during pregnancy to help you stay confident that your mouth stays healthy and strong. Please call us now at 704-849-6700 to schedule your next appointment.