Pregnancy is a wonderful period in each woman’s life. However, it brings many changes in women’s body and health. An important health aspect that needs attention in the course of pregnancy, is toothcare. There are many myths and misunderstandings about how pregnancy affects teeth and gums, so that let us study several key aspects.
Myth 1: ‘A woman loses a tooth in the course of each pregnancy.’
Truth: This myth is merely false. Pregnancy does not cause teeth loss by default. Nevertheless, paying special attention to your oral cavity hygiene in the course of pregnancy is very important, because hormonal changes can increase the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. The regular dental care is crucial for avoiding the gum problems.
Myth 2: ‘Dental X-ray examinations are dangerous in the course of pregnancy.’
Truth: Digital dental X-ray examinations may be carried on in a safe and sound manner, in the course of pregnancy, subject to proper protection measures. The dentist will consider the need for an X-ray examination and will use extra protection means, such as Plumbum (lead), in order to protect you and to minimise the radiation exposure.
Myth 3: ‘You should not treat the teeth in the course of pregnancy.’
Truth: Dental care is safe and very important in the course of pregnancy. Untreated dental problems may entail bigger complications. If you have toothache or any other problems, please, consult your dentist. The majority of dental procedures may be safely carried on in the course of pregnancy, all the more so in the second trimester.
Myth 4: ‘Bleeding gums are normal in the course of pregnancy.’
Truth: Bleeding gums are normal, even in the course of pregnancy. This may be a sign of gingivitis, i.e., gums inflammation. Keeping the proper oral cavity hygiene and visiting your dentist is very important for treating gingivitis and avoiding its evolution into periodontitis that can affect the general health.