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pregnancy and dental problems

Do I need to see a dentist during pregnancy? Why are my gums bleeding more during pregnancy?
Is dental treatment safe during pregnancy? What if I need dental x rays during pregnancy?
Does pregnancy cause damage to teeth? What if I am planning to breastfeed?
What about smoking and alcohol in pregnancy? What about diet in pregnancy?

Do I need to see a dentist during pregnancy?
Yes. Due to hormone changes during pregnancy, some women�s dental health needs closer attention during this time. For instance, you may notice that your gums appear to bleed more easily
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Why are my gums bleeding more during pregnancy?
You may notice that your gums become inflamed during pregnancy, and they may bleed. This is due to hormone changes in your body. This means that you must keep a high standard of oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly. This may include appointments with the dental hygienist for thorough cleaning, and advice on caring for your teeth at home.
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Is dental treatment safe during pregnancy?
Yes. There should be no problems with the routine dental treatment. The Department of Health advises leaving the replacement of amalgam fillings until after the baby is born.
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What if I need dental x rays during pregnancy?
As a general rule, dentists prefer to avoid dental x-rays during pregnancy if possible. However, if you need root canal treatment you may have to have an x-ray.
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Does pregnancy cause damage to teeth?
There is no truth in the rumours about calcium deficiency due to pregnancy or losing one tooth for each child.
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What if I am planning to breastfeed?
Some dentists think that you shouldn’t have an amalgam filling while you are breast-feeding. If you are unsure what your treatment would involve discuss all the options with your dentist.
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What about smoking and alcohol in pregnancy?
Smoking and drinking in pregnancy can lead to an underweight baby and also affect your unborn baby’s dental health. An underweight baby has a greater risk of having poor teeth due to the enamel not being formed properly. It is worth remembering that the permanent teeth are developing in the jaws below the baby teeth at birth. So some babies whose mothers smoke and drink in pregnancy have badly formed adult teeth too.
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What about diet in pregnancy?
When you are pregnant you must have a healthy, balanced diet containing all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Good nutrition from the mother during pregnancy is important for the baby?s teeth to develop. Calcium in particular is important to produce strong bones and healthy teeth. This can be found in milk, cheese and other dairy products. Women who suffer from morning sickness may want to eat ?little and often?. If you are often sick, rinse your mouth afterwards with plain water to prevent the acid in your vomit attacking your teeth. Try to avoid sugary and acidic snacks and drinks between meals to protect your teeth against decay.
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