Women usually complain that their teeth had cavities during pregnancy!!

 3 important tips to prevent damage to teeth during pregnancy:

1. Nutrition

2. Dietary Habits

3. Oral Hygiene and Dental Checkup

Nutrition:

Nutrition is of utmost importance for the general health and dental health of the mother-to-be and soon-to-be-born child. A balanced diet of Chapati, rice, fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese and yogurt among others provide the carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals essential for development. The calcium and iron in the diet may not be sufficient, hence, should be supplemented for the healthy development of the teeth and bones of the baby and to prevent deficiency in the mother as well.

Dietary Habits: 

Pregnancy brings about with it behavioural changes and cravings. The mother-to-be can experience increased urge for sweet and sour foods. Due to changes in dietary habits and increased snacking on foods like biscuits, chocolates, chips, colas that are high in sugar content, there is an increased chance for cavity formation in the teeth. Morning sickness and frequent vomiting cause the leaching of calcium from the enamel and causes pitting and cavities. Hence, the mouth should be properly cleaned by brushing or rinsing thoroughly after vomiting. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE AFTER VOMITING AS IT CAN FURTHER DAMAGE THE TOOTH SURFACE/ ENAMEL.

Oral Hygiene and Dental Checkup:

Due to increased Hormone levels in the body of the mother there can be swelling and bleeding from gums. Oral hygiene becomes even more important and proper brushing twice a day is mandatory. Interdental cleaning with floss is also very important. Dental Check-up and cleaning of teeth should be done by your dentist in the second trimester (4-6 months). Second trimester is the safe period to do Dental Procedures. Dental X-Rays should be avoided, but in case of emergency, a lead shield and thyroid collar should be used to protect the mother and baby. 

RESEARCH SHOWS THE GUM DISEASE IN THE MOTHER CAN CAUSE LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES AND PREMATURE DELIVERY.

The need for comprehensive dental care during pregnancy is extremely important. 

Visit your Dentist regularly.

Stay Informed, Stay Healthy and Enjoy your Pregnancy !!!