1. I’m pregnant, can I go to the dentist?
Yes, you can and you should. It is essential to maintain proper oral hygiene for yourself and your child.
2. How often should I visit the dentist when I’m pregnant?
It is advised that you visit the dentist at least once during pregnancy. However, regular exams are encouraged because hormonal changes may lead to complications regarding teeth and/or gums.
3. How will my teeth be affected when I’m pregnant?
The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy may make you more prone to infection, plaque buildup, and tender gums. You are also at a greater risk for tooth gum and periodontal disease.
4. Is there anything in particular I should watch out for when I’m pregnant?
During the second trimester, many pregnant women deal with gingivitis, the inflammation of the gum tissue.
5. How common is teeth loss during pregnancy?
As a result of gingivitis and periodontal disease, pregnancy may cause teeth to loosen. However, it is not common for teeth to fall out in a rapid and unpredictable fashion.
6. What should I eat when I’m pregnant?
Eating healthy is especially important when pregnant as the foods you eat can affect your child’s teeth and overall health. According to MedicalNewsToday, pregnant women should consume four to five portions of fruits and vegetables, a starchy carb-rich diet, healthy animal-sourced proteins, low-fat diet, foods rich in fiber, sources of calcium, zinc, and iron.
7. What should I not eat when I’m pregnant?
You should avoid the following: unpasteurised milk, soft cheese, alcohol, raw seafood, caffeine, raw eggs, undercooked meat and poultry, deli meats, and processed foods
8. When do a baby’s teeth start to develop?
A baby’s teeth start to develop around the second trimester.
9. What should I do to make sure my baby’s teeth develop properly?
You should eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and dairy products. Additionally, you should limit your intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Instead, you should opt for a diet rich in protein and drink water regularly.
10. Is it okay to get braces when I’m pregnant?
Yes, it is okay and safe to get braces even when you’re pregnant. Research conducted on women wearing braces indicates no negative effects on the oral and overall health of the mother or the child.