A new survey from Delta Dental shows that about 43% of pregnant women in the US aren't visiting the dentist. Pregnant women should visit the dentist for routine examinations, cleanings, and for any pain or changes in the mouth. Hormone changes during pregnancy can result in swollen or painful gums that can bleed. Special attention should be paid to brushing and flossing to help prevent inflammation of the gums. A dental infection should be treated ASAP and not delayed until after childbirth because the infection can be harmful to the baby. Infection treatment will be beneficial to mom and the baby even if X-rays are needed. However, routine X-rays should be delayed until after pregnancy.