Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. During pregnancy, your increased hormones can affect your body’s response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth).
You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits. Suggestions include:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss between your teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
Causes of dental health problems
Common causes of dental health problems during pregnancy can include:
- gum problems
- cravings for sugary foods
- retching while brushing teeth.
What to do..
Increase your calcium during pregnancy
You need to increase your daily amount of calcium during pregnancy. Sufficient calcium will protect your bone mass and meet the nutritional needs of your developing baby.
Good sources of dietary calcium include products such as:
- unsweetened yoghurt
- calcium-fortified soymilk.
Increase your vitamin D during pregnancy
Vitamin D helps the body to utilise calcium. Good sources include:
- fortified margarine
- fatty fish, such as salmon
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