Congratulations on your pregnancy. During such an exciting and busy time of your life, it can be easy to overlook your oral health, but you need to make it a priority during your pregnancy. Here’s why:
It is important to note that the calcium for your baby’s teeth does NOT come from your teeth! It is a common myth that “one tooth is lost with every pregnancy.” The calcium for your baby’s teeth will come from your diet.
2. What oral changes will I experience during pregnancy?
Some women may experience pregnancy gingivitis, which is a build up of plaque that causes a mild form of gum disease. This may cause the gums to be red, tender, inflamed, and bleeding. It happens due to the increased hormones in your body throughout your pregnancy. These hormones change the way your gums react to plaque, but it is important to note that the plaque – not the hormones – cause gingivitis. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep your teeth clean by regularly brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet.
3. Can my oral health affect my baby?
Some research shows a correlation between gum disease and premature birth. More research is needed to confirm this evidence, but some studies show that bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and trigger the production of prostaglandins, which can induce labor.
4. What’s the best way to make sure I have a healthy pregnancy?
We recommend visiting your dentist before becoming pregnant. He can make sure you are healthy and treat any existing problems you may have. During your pregnancy, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss, and use a mouthwash stamped with the ADA seal of approval. Be sure to let your dentist know what stage of pregnancy you are in when you go in for your routine appointment. We recommend visiting your dentist in the first and second trimester for cleaning.
We hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!