Pregnancy and teeth

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An old wives tale of for every child a mother has, she loses a tooth always puzzled me. The thought was that the developing baby pulled calcium from the teeth and therefore rotted. I was in disbelief but wondered why cavities did seem to form on pregnant women. Then I went through it and spoke with other mothers about it. Acid reflux develops along with other stomach upsetting things during pregnancy. How do we treat it? Gingerale, soda crackers, tums, and various other carbs to make us feel better . These all have carbohydrates in them that leads to more acid production, especially the constant chewing of tums. Acid coming from the stomach may lower the pH of the mouth causing a double whammy. The another thing occuring in pregnant patients is the hormonal rise causing pregnancy gingivitis. Gum disease developing in expectant moms has been linked to low birthweight babies. It is recommended that the bacteria is flushed out of places the toothbrush and floss doesn’t reach in order to break up those colonies. It is not about clean teeth but healthy gums. So, what do we do about the cavities and gum disease so prevalent in expectant moms? Watch the diet. Try to eat things that are low in carbohydrates or limit the frequency. I have heard there are sugar free tums. Talk with your doctor about the possibility of an acid reducing medication, (I did and I could sleep through the night without heartburn) Make sure you visit your dentist and try to get a full series of xrays after your baby is delivered. Cheers!