A poll run by Listerine in conjunction with National Smile Month has named Kate Middleton as one of the most popular celebrity smiles in the UK.

Other celebrity smiles which received the most votes in this poll included Cheryl Cole, Holly Willoughby and Emma Watson. However one thing about Kate Middleton sets her apart from the other celebrity smiles and it’s not her royal status!

Kate Middleton has a reason to be even more conscientious when it comes to her smile because, like other women who are pregnant, this is one area of the body which can be vulnerable during pregnancy. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about pregnancy and dental care:

  • One of the side effects of pregnancy is the softening of your gums. This makes oral hygiene even more important than normal as soft gums can be more susceptible to infection and plaque build-up.
  • Infection and bleeding gums could result in damage to your teeth so it’s recommended that pregnant women have regular dental check-ups to ensure any dental issues are dealt with as soon as possible.
  • There are a number of dental treatments which it may be safer to avoid whilst pregnant, such as x-rays and having amalgam fillings replaced. If you need to have a dental treatment during pregnancy your dentist can advise you on how best to proceed.
  • Some women make arrangements to have dental treatment completed before getting pregnant. This can also give your dentist a chance to examine your gums tissue in preparation of the changes that come with pregnancy.