There is an old wives tale that indicates that for every child you bear, you will lose one tooth. That the developing fetus takes away the calcium of your teeth.
While it is important for an expecting mother to be aware of her calcium intake during pregnancy, your fetus will not deplete the calcium in your teeth. Pregnancy can affect your dental health, but not in the ways previously thought.
How does pregnancy affect my teeth?
Pregnancy causes a significant increase in hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. This surge of hormones can increase the likelihood of two different oral factors:
An increase in the likelihood of developing gum disease. Your mouth is much more susceptible to oral infections like gingivitis. Keeping your gums healthy is important to the health of your teeth. Studies have shown that about 40% of pregnant women have some form of gum disease. Waiting nine months to take care of this issue can have damaging effects.
An increase chance of developing small tumors inside of your mouth. Hormone surges can make these tumors more likely to grow. Most will disappear easily with no action on your part. If one does not go away, or is positioned in such a way that it is bothersome of irritated, contact your dentist office.
How can I help my oral health while pregnant?
The most important steps an expecting mother can take is to follow a normal oral hygiene routine. There is no need to alter what you dentist has been telling you to do since you first grew teeth. Brush your teeth daily. If nausea is a problem, first, after vomiting, rinse your mouth with water, but don't brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes.
After that time, try brushing with kids toothpaste, many patients often complain that it is the minty taste that is upsetting to them. Or, try brushing with the smallest amount of toothpaste. Do not skip brushing due to morning sickness. Next, see your dentist for all regular visits.
You do not need to skip dental appointments because you are pregnant. Just inform your dentist of your pregnancy, pending pregnancy, or if you are nursing. We will make the necessary adjustments Your dental health is important, take care of it.
Please contact us if you have any questions about pregnancies affect on your oral health.