Pregnancy and Oral Health
Are pregnant women really at higher risk of gingivitis ?
During pregnancy , the body goes through complicated changes. Most pregnant women notice that their gums are sore, puffy and prone to bleeding. These are symptoms of gingivitis which is an infection of the gum tissue. Anyone can develop gingivitis but pregnant women are at higher risk because of hormonal changes. Left untreated , gingivitis can lead to serious gum infection and in turn lead to teeth loss.
Does an unborn baby really steal his/her mom’s calcium ?
This is not true. During pregnancy , a woman risk for tooth decay increases because she eats more to prevent nausea. You can prevent tooth decay. However if left untreated , tooth decay can cause toothache and lead to tooth loss.
How can pregnant women prevent tooth decay and gingivitis ?
The best way for pregnant women to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay is to keep their teeth and gum clean. Brushing with fluoridated toothpaste two times a day, flossing once a day and getting a professional dental cleaning is the best way to keep pregnant woman’s teeth and gum healthy. It is also important to avoid foods high in sugar.
Dental health during pregnancy. March of Dimes.https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/dental-health-during-pregnancy.aspx. Accessed August 22nd, 2019
Pregnancy and oral health. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/features/pregnancy-and-oral-health.html. Accessed August 22nd, 2019