FAQ: About Pregnancy & Oral Health
Q: I have heard that the calcium in my teeth has gone because I have had babies. Is this true?
This is a common belief, which is NOT TRUE. Pregnancy does not take calcium out of the mother's teeth. Pregnancy hormones increase blood supply to the gums, and may make them more prone to bleeding. Some women feel nauseous during pregnancy, which makes it difficult to clean their teeth properly at home. Women also feel "cravings" for sweets, or sour tasting food. During pregnancy, eating habits may change, and some women tend to snack more frequently. Pregnant woman are also more tired. It is a combination of these factors during pregnancy that affect dental and oral hygiene and causes teeth to decay and gums to bleed. Talk to your dentist if you are experiencing any of these problems during your pregnancy. It is safe to have your teeth cleaned or filled during pregnancy.
It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Dentist if you are planning to have a baby.
Australian Dental Association (ADA) : About Pregnancy
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