Monday, July 1, 2013

Does Pregnancy Cause Tooth Loss?

This is an old wives tale. Losing a tooth for every child you have? 
Not on my watch.

Having children can cause you to lose your figure, your social life, even your hair, but not your teeth. There is no scientific data associating pregnancy with tooth loss, but there are some side effects that can be bad for teeth:

  1. Increased hormone levels during pregnancy can make your gums more sensitive to plaque buildup, leading to painful pregnancy gingivitis.
    Remedy: Be vigilant about dental hygiene. It is safe and recommended to have your teeth cleaned at any time during your pregnancy. Avoid late in your third trimester for obvious reasons of comfort and fatigue.
  2. Frequent snacking  makes you more susceptible to cavities, especially if you are snacking on sugary foods.
    Remedy: If you want chocolate, eat chocolate, just brush after. Cute Travel Toothbrushes
  3. Morning sickness is bad for teeth. The regurgitated stomach acid can erode tooth enamel.Remedy: Mix one teaspoon baking soda with one cup water, swish and spit after each bout of sickness. The solution will neutralize acid in your mouth. Don't swallow the water and baking soda, or you'll get another stomach ache.

Dental Resources for Pregnant Women

No comments :

Post a Comment