When you’re pregnant, your body goes through a long list of changes. Some of these changes may include your oral care routine. But with all the misconceptions out there, it can be hard to properly take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant. We’re here to debunk four of the most common myths surrounding pregnancy and oral health.
Myth: It’s none of the dentist’s business whether I’m pregnant.
Fact: It’s important to let your dental team know if you’re pregnant and how far along you are. Being pregnant may put you at a higher risk for certain dental conditions, and it can also limit the treatment options available.
Myth: Your oral health doesn’t affect your baby.
Fact: If you have moderate to severe gum disease, you may be at a higher risk for delivering a preterm, low-birth weight baby.
Myth: You can’t get a dental x-ray while you’re pregnant.
Fact: According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays safe, even during pregnancy. However, if you’re having concerns, you can speak with your dentist to see if your x-rays can be postponed.
Myth: Pregnancy leaches calcium from your teeth.
Fact: Pregnant woman are at a higher risk for tooth decay, but that doesn’t mean it’s because your teeth are loosing it’s nutrients. Calcium is a very important vitamin during this time, so try to incorporate it into your diet as much as possible.