30/01/2023
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Pregnancy and dental health – 2022

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Pregnancy and dental health

In fact, pregnancy itself does not affect the teeth as much as the circumstances around it. Pregnant women have an increased appetite. They eat more often and many of them eat regularly, many more sugary foods even at night.

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Risks to oral health during pregnancy – 2022

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Pregnancy and dental health

It is a common belief that pregnancy destroys a pregnant woman’s teeth.

In fact, pregnancy itself does not affect the teeth as much as the circumstances around it. Pregnant women have an increased appetite. They eat more often and many of them eat regularly, many more sugary foods even at night. This increases the acidity in the oral cavity and hence the risk of tooth decay.

One very underestimated factor is nausea in the first months of pregnancy. It is often impossible to clean the teeth well, for the simple reason that when a pregnant woman puts the brush further into the oral cavity, it causes the urge to vomit. Sometimes even the aromas in toothpaste cause urges. These two factors – increased acidity and poor hygiene alone are enough to trigger new caries in just a few months.

Pregnancy causes some biochemical changes that reduce the local immunity of the gums and the entire periodontium. The gums become very vulnerable. Often pregnant women after 5-6 months complain of bleeding gums. Even small amounts of tartar can cause inflammation, sometimes even just accumulated plaque is enough to cause gingivitis.

Therefore, it is advisable for a woman to enter pregnancy with well-maintained teeth without caries, because they would be complicated quickly. It is good to clean the tartar to reduce periodontal problems. It is customary in the first and last trimester to limit dental procedures and perform them only when necessary. Usually in the middle quarter almost all dental activities can be performed.

The postpartum period is also reflected. Usually mothers do not have any time for themselves, do not get enough sleep, often ignore their dental problems. Breast milk loses trace elements and minerals, which must be obtained in a timely manner. Examinations should be performed and existing caries should be cured, because there are conditions for their complication and much faster development.

Thus, pregnancy and motherhood create conditions for a higher risk of developing dental problems. However, if prevention remains at the level, the scale of dental lesions would certainly be reduced.

 

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