The pregnant patient and her oral health

2016-04-28 06:00

THE old wives tale that your baby absorbs calcium from its mother’s teeth is pure myth.

Once fully developed calcium is resistant and impenetrable with only dental plaque’s acid by product being its weakening agent.

Teeth are unchanged during pregnancy unless there is poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes and an increased blood supply would render an accentuated response of the gums to an increased plaque build-up.

The gum would appear reddened and inflamed with a tendency to bleed when eating or brushing; this condition is known as gingivitis. This may be prevented by regular brushing incorporating the correct brushing technique, flossing and a six monthly dental cleaning performed in the dental surgery.

If left untreated the gingivitis would progress into a pregnancy granuloma.

This is a localised overgrowth of gum, with a secondary infection, filled with pus.

The treatment for gingivitis and pregnancy granuloma is meticulous oral hygiene accompanied with dental scaling and polishing procedure.


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