Dental Facts Every Expectant Mother Needs to Know

It is important for an expectant mother to maintain her oral health and take care of her teeth. It can be done by following a proper hygiene regime, eating a balanced diet in which starchy food along with sugary snacks is avoided and visiting the dentist regularly.  Good and healthy diet provides you with the necessary calcium, phosphorous and vitamins that are needed for the bones and teeth of the baby. Your doctor will be helpful in evaluating your specific health needs throughout the course of pregnancy. Here are a few commonly asked questions that are asked by an expectant mother.

Does calcium for my baby’s teeth come from my teeth?

It is a common myth that calcium for the baby’s teeth comes from the teeth of the mother. This is completely false and the truth is that calcium for the baby’s teeth comes from the mother’s diet.

What is the best method to care for my teeth?

In order to prevent tooth decay or gum disease, it is very important to brush the teeth regularly preferably twice a day. Also be sure to clean the teeth daily with floss and anti-plaque mouth rinse occasionally. To learn the perfect way to brush and floss, ask your hygienist to demonstrate it to you. It is observed that gingivitis and inflammation of the gums are very common during the second and eighth month of pregnancy which is why it important to keep very good care of the teeth during pregnancy.

Does fluoride help?

It is expected by many women that taking fluoride supplements help children form stronger teeth but the fact is that the benefits of prenatal fluoridation are  yet to be studied properly. It is not necessary that the fluoride supplements will help the process of enamel formation as fluoride works best when n the teeth are fully formed and erupted in the mouth.

Can pregnancy affect my gums?

It is normal for hormone levels in the body to rise considerably during pregnancy. Gingivitis and inflammation of the gums are s very common during the second and the eighth month of pregnancy. This causes red, puffy gums which tend to bleed when brushed. This enhanced sensitivity is the response to bacterial plaque and is because of an increased level of the hormone called progesterone in the system. Sometimes, overgrowths of gum tissue known as pregnancy tumors may also appear especially in the second trimester. These localised growths or swellings are found between the teeth and are related to excess plaque.

So if you observe any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, it is best to phone our friendly dental practice in Finchley and book an appointment. Our dentist will arrange and examination appointment at

Finally, we hope you have a safe pregnancy and an easy, healthy delivery.


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