Oral Health and Pregnancy

Planning for pregnancy

Ideally you should have a dental check-up and get the all-clear from your dentist before falling pregnant, as dental treatment during pregnancy is best avoided. If treatment is needed, the safest time is during the second trimester of pregnancy.

 

Sugar cravings
Most women experience food cravings during pregnancy – I know my wife certainly did! But sugary treats may result in unwelcome cavities which is why I recommend trying to replace sugary foods with high protein alternatives.
 

Babies don’t deplete the calcium in your teeth
It’s a commonly-held belief that kids suck the calcium out of their mother’s teeth but it’s a total myth. Contrary to popular belief, your body doesn’t use your teeth as a calcium store to build your growing baby’s bones! 
 

Bleeding gums are normal
Many pregnant women experience bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, and the gums can appear red and swollen. Caused by hormonal changes, this is called pregnancy gingivitis and the symptoms should resolve after bub arrives.
 

Things to avoid in pregnancy
Try to avoid tooth paste containing triclosan (eg. Colgate Total) during pregnancy as there have been concerns over its impact on foetal development. Mouth wash should also be avoided (due to the alcohol content) and tooth whitening with bleach isn’t recommended either so you should stop using your take home kit too.

 

By: Dr David Hills, founder, iNEEDaDentist.com

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