How Pregnancy Affects Teeth

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There is a common old-wives tale which claims that every pregnancy results in one lost tooth. You may have wondered if there is any legitimacy or accuracy to this claim.

The truth is that pregnancy does not directly damage your teeth or decrease the amount of calcium that your teeth receive. Rather, the side effects of pregnancy, such as elevated hormones can disrupt the body’s natural response to germs on teeth and the ability to protect itself.


Germs on teeth are formally referred to as plaque. A buildup of plaque can cause serious oral hygiene problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, if not taken care of and removed. The increase in hormones during pregnancy can cause your body to over-respond to plaque, causing gum irritation, redness, tenderness and easy bleeding. If you are prone to gingivitis prior to pregnancy, it is likely that you will experience additional problems during your pregnancy. In this case, it is recommended to visit your dentist if you plan to become pregnant or become pregnant for a consultation.


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In order to prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy, it is recommended to exercise proper oral hygiene care such as brushing teeth and flossing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly. If your dentist notices any symptoms of gum disease, he or she can develop a plan of care and follow you throughout your pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief, visiting the dentist during your pregnancy is recommended and safe. Non-emergent and basic procedures can be completed during pregnancy, optimally during the second trimester, at the discretion of your dentist.


It is important to remember that proper nutrition during pregnancy and optimal oral hygiene can significantly decrease the risks of periodontal disease.

Contact Totalcare Dentistry for more information regarding dental health during pregnancy.