During Pregnancy

 

How does pregnancy affect my oral health? 

It’s a myth that calcium is lost from a mother’s teeth . The primary changes are due to increase in Estrogen and Progesterone hormones which exaggerate the way gum tissues react to plaque.

 

How does a build-up of plaque affect me? 

If the plaque isn’t removed, it can cause red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed. If you already have gingivitis (gun inflammation), the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease.

 

Could gingivitis affect my baby’s health? 

Research suggests a link between preterm, low-birth weight babies and gingivitis. Excessive bacteria can enter the bloodstream through your gums.

 

How can I prevent these problems? 

* keep your teeth clean, especially near the gum line.

*You should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible. If brushing causes morning sickness, rinse your mouth with antiplaque and fluoride mouthwashes.

*You should also floss thoroughly each day.

*Good nutrition – particularly plenty of vitamin C and B12 – help keep the oral cavity healthy and strong.

*More frequent cleanings from the dentist will help control plaque and prevent gingivitis.

 

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