iStock_000008984309Small-2Pregnancy and Oral Hygiene

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for the mother-to-be. Looking forward to the child is a great experience. During this time, women tend to be particularly careful. They want to do everything right for themselves and for their baby. The teeth, too, require special attention during this time. That’s why we present to you our 7-step guideline for expectant mothers.

 

 

 

1The body changes – requirements to dental medication

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes fast. Hormonal changes influence the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the metabolism. Read more

 

2The right seating position – relaxed reclining for pregnant women during their visit to the dentist

Many pregnant women know these symptoms: short breath, sweating, nausea. Small wonder: on top of the hormonal changes, a woman’s heart and the entire cardio-vascular system have to deliver a huge performance. Read more

 

3Bleeding gums during pregnancy – avoiding pregnancy gingivitis

During pregnancy, the hormonal changes cause the gums to become particularly sensitive. Under this hormonal influence, bacteria thrive. But an extensive prophylaxis is able to prevent pregnancy gingivitis to a large extent. Read more

 

4Preventing parodontitis may reduce the risk of premature delivery

Numerous international studies prove: periodontal conditions are a risk factor for premature birth (Philstrom et. Al.: 2005, XIONG et al.: 2006). As a matter of fact, when a woman wants to get pregnant, it is important to perform any form of prophylaxis before pregnancy. Read more

 

5Pregnancy-related therapies and their results on teeth and gums

Some pregnancy-related therapies will also have an impact on the teeth. So labour-retardant medication may cause an excrescence of the gums (gingival hyperplasia). This will disappear when the medication is no longer taken. Read more

 

6When saliva turns acidic – damaging the dental substance

Saliva, too, undergoes changes during pregnancy. It then contains a higher protein concentration, shows higher enzyme activity and a reduced pH value, meaning the saliva turns acidic. This makes the teeth more sensitive towards bacteria which may cause cavities (cariogenic substances). Read more

 

7Good for mom’s teeth – no risk for the child: fluoride

The placenta acts like a barrier against (too) high fluoride concentrations in the mother’s blood. Due to this placenta property, the usual intake of fluoride will not improve the caries protection of the child, while the mother will still benefit from the fluoride. Read more

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