Pregnancy – Dental Care
There is no truth in the old wives’ tale that you lose a tooth for every pregnancy. However, you may find that your gums are sore and bleed easily whilst you are pregnant. This is a condition called gingivitis and it occurs as a result of the increased levels in your blood of a hormone called oestrogen. Your dentist will advise on the best way to deal with it.
It is probably not a good idea to have any major dental work done in pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. There is no evidence that placement or removal of amalgam (mercury) fillings during pregnancy is harmful to the fetus, but you may prefer to postpone any treatment that involves this until after your baby is born. Alternatives to mercury fillings are available.
To help your teeth stay healthy:
· Use a soft toothbrush with a small head.
· Clean your teeth twice a day.
· Restrict the consumption of sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes.
· Avoid acidic foods and drinks
If you need to find a dentist, ask your friends or family to recommend one. Alternatively, your local health authority can provide you with a list.