Expectant Mothers – Dental Facts You Need to Know

August 9, 2016 by Dr. Shrenik Parmar0
Nothing is more precious than the baby in the womb for a pregnant mother. Mothers-to-be often take their own health for granted during their bid to deliver a healthy child. Oral health is easily the most overlooked health factor amongst mothers to be.

Pregnant mothers need to get their dental health facts right. Below we are sharing some of the insights that every mother’s-to-be should be aware of :

  1. Risk of Gingivitis: Fluctuating hormonal levels during pregnancy can take a toll on your teeth and gums making them vulnerable to plaque. Your gums tend to accumulate more plaque than usual during your pregnancy. This can cause inflammation, bleeding and weakness leading to gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis has proven to lead to premature births and underweight newborn babies. Pay a quick visit to your dentist today to keep gingivitis at bay.
  2. Fluoride and baby’s dental health: Though many mums-to-be add fluoride supplements to their diet, there are no proven studies that fluoride helps build or repair your baby’s teeth.
  3. Preventing tooth decay during pregnancy: Your hormones and the acidity levels in your gut can catalyze tooth decay. Visit your dental clinic for regular clean up at least once during pregnancy. Brush twice a day and floss your teeth for an overall good dental health. If brushing aggravates your morning sickness, get bland tasting toothpaste or pick a good liquid mouthwash cleaner.
  4. The calcium connection: Calcium is the building block of teeth and is a very important contributing factor to your baby’s growth in the womb. Not just the mind of a mother, but even her body is tuned to be selfless – if your baby does not get sufficient levels of calcium from your diet your body erodes calcium from your bones and teeth to provide sufficient quantities for your baby. But this can adversely affect your bone health and it is important that you consume calcium rich food like green leafy vegetables and dairy products.
  5. Loose teeth: The ever-changing hormone levels in your body can result in loose teeth. Due to high levels of progesterone and estrogen, the ligaments and bones that support your teeth begin to grow weaker. Your teeth go back to normal once your hormone spell is complete and you should avoid picking on loose teeth during this period. However, giving your dentist a quick call is advisable.

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in every woman’s life and is best enjoyed with good health. Take care of your oral health to complement that pregnancy glow with an equally glowing smile!

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