We’ve all heard our fair share of bizarre pregnancy myths, such as spicy food bringing on labour or how craving certain foods can predict the gender of a baby. However, did you know there are a lot of myths surrounding oral health and pregnancy? Let’s go over a few.
Myth: “Pregnancy will not affect the health of my teeth or gums.”
Truth: Pregnant woman are at a higher risk of developing oral health problems. Hormonal changes lead to an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria which in turn can exacerbate problems with your teeth and gums. Some women even develop ‘pregnancy gingivitis’, which causes bleeding, swollen and sore gums. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more severe gum disease, and untreated gum disease has links to pre-term and low weight births.
Myth: “Morning sickness will not have any lasting damage to my teeth.”
Truth: Morning sickness is common in the first trimester. Frequent vomiting can cause significant lasting damage to your teeth as vomit is highly acidic. The weakened tooth enamel can therefore become sensitive, worn and more prone to decay and erosion.
Myth: “Dental treatments are not safe during pregnancy.”
Truth: Routine and urgent dental procedures can be carried out safely throughout pregnancy. Dentists can use Local anaesthetic safely. It is important your dentist knows of your pregnancy status to allow suitable anaesthetic choice and dose.
Myth: “Dental x-rays are harmful during pregnancy and should be avoided.”
Truth: Modern dental x-ray units use very low doses of radiation and a single dose is unlikely to have an adverse impact on the baby’s development. Your 1300Smiles dentist will be able to take precautions to minimise radiation and discuss the need for x-rays.
How to maintain a healthy mouth for you and your baby during your pregnancy
It’s important to maintain your routine check-ups with your 1300Smiles dentist, who will be able to advise a suitable recall. Dental problems are dealt with promptly through regular dental visits. It is important to remove all plaque from the gum line by brushing twice daily and daily flossing. Following episodes of sickness, rinse your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash to neutralise the acid.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, come visit us at 1300Smiles where you and your little one will be in great hands. We care and value our patients and our local communities, and are able to offer you personalised treatments and experience.