Pregnancy and Dental Work…….What To Expect and Do! Part 4

In part three of our series on “Pregnancy and Dental Work,” we discussed some questions we frequently hear about dental care from women who are expecting. Today we’re going to change it up and answer some of those “not-so-frequently-asked” questions.

  • Do pregnant women really lose one tooth per child?  Thankfully, this is just an old wives’ tale. It is absolutely not true. The thinking goes that your growing baby can somehow sap calcium from your teeth if they’re not getting enough. But the truth is, if you practice good oral hygiene, you’re no more likely to lose a tooth during pregnancy than during any other time in your life. If a pregnant woman loses a tooth, it’s far more likely caused by untreated gingivitis or poor oral hygiene.
  • What if toothpaste makes me sick?  Nausea and morning sickness can be triggered by all sorts of things, including toothpaste. If you find this is the case for you, then start by trying a different flavor. Many brands now offer flavors beyond traditional mint. Whatever you do, don’t stop brushing your teeth! Stopping brushing can lead to far more serious problems than nausea. If switching toothpastes doesn’t seem to be helping, ask your dentist about other options.
  • Will dental treatments affect my nursing?  While it’s very unlikely that any dental medications or treatments will affect your breast milk since such a small amount (1 to 2% of your dose) is actually excreted, you should always carefully discuss any and all medications with both your dentist and your doctor. If your baby was born prematurely or has any other conditions, be sure you exercise every caution regarding any medications that you take. Also, in case you were wondering, the taste and/or quality of your milk will not be affected by dental treatments.

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