10 May Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy
Things like cavities, damaged tooth enamel, or even gum disease can be common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Estrogen and progesterone can cause more blood to flow to the gums, making them more susceptible to plaque bacteria causing inflammation, swelling and bleeding. Dentist and Oral-B Consultant, Clinical Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft says women are likely to be eating and drinking more frequently during pregnancy, often with a higher intake of sugar.
As well as a sound dental routine, he recommends getting plenty of calcium, phosphorous, protein, vitamins A, D and C in pregnancy – especially keeping on top of calcium intake between months three and six of pregnancy when baby’s teeth begin to develop.
“It’s alarming that one in two kids, by the age of six, are suffering from tooth decay in their baby teeth. I’m a parent myself, and I know how tough it is, but it’s paramount to get into good dental routines while your child is young. Kids love to copy their parents and siblings, so turn brushing into a game or group activity to encourage them to look after their teeth.”
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