Dental Care During Pregnancy
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Dental care during pregnancy is not just an
option; it’s a must.
During this period, women are more prone to
oral diseases that can affect their child’s
growth. Poor dental care can lead to
premature births and relatively unfortunate
health conditions compared to those from a
parent with healthy oral care.
One of the prevalent oral diseases among
pregnant women is periodontal disease. This
bacterial gum disease feeds on your sugar
intake. As it grows, it worsens the protective
coat of the teeth, or enamel,
eventually to tooth loss and decay.
According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), 60% to 75% of
pregnant people have gingivitis, an early
stage of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis can emerge during pregnancy
despite few risks of it before due to hormonal
and even dietary changes, triggering the gums
to swell and turn red. Another potential trigger,
vomiting and nausea, which is prevalent in the
first trimester of pregnancy, can contribute to
Apart from this, a study showed that women
are also positively associated with cases of
cavities during pregnancy. In the same
report, one in every four pregnant women
has untreated cavities. This accumulation of
bacteria in the mouth can be linked to a
person’s eating habits, which could have been
bad from the start but may have also
fluctuated to something less healthy due to
cravings or other issues.
Finally, if the person carrying a child does
little to nothing to maintain their dental
said child can
subsequent oral conditions.
Key Points in Dental Health Enhancement
Restrict Your Sugar Intake
Eating foods that have sugar raises the chance
of having tooth decay. As soon as the sugar
molecules enter your mouth, it mixes with the
bacteria already present there and in the saliva,
which causes the formation of plaque on teeth.
If left unattended, the plaque will break down
the enamel, paving the way