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The main problems in the pregnant woman's mouth

The main problems in the pregnant woman's mouth


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There is a myth that if we believe it, it ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy, and that is that 'each pregnancy costs a tooth'. It must cost more than one, judging by the number of total toothless women there are, many more than women with 32 children, since there are 32 pieces that make up an adult dentition.

A woman who arrives at pregnancy with a healthy mouth will keep her teeth intact. Because that woman has correct eating habits, adequate hygiene and it may be that she also has a greater resistance to cavities. However, if you arrive with gingivitis, untreated cavities, fillings in poor condition, wisdom teeth that cause problems, discomfort, bleeding, etc., will be aggravated during pregnancy. But not because of the pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a physiological moment in the life of a woman in which there are certain changes that can aggravate poor oral health, previously diagnosed or not.

In the first trimester there may be nausea, which prevents meticulous brushing especially of the last molars. In that case you have to go little by little, inserting the brush carefully, without touching the back of the tongue, and breathing deeply every time you feel nauseous.

Let's not forget also that flossing is essential. If there is repeated vomiting acid from the stomach can damage enamel, especially on the back faces of the upper incisors. If this situation persists, it is advisable to use fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes to prevent demineralization and hypersensitivity caused by acids. The recommendations to reduce nausea by eating 'many times a small amount' are ideal for the appearance of cavities, since the bacteria will always have glucose available, which will be transformed into acids, to attack the enamel. If we constantly peck at least we must be careful that they are not sugary products or fermentable carbohydrates, and brush our mouths more frequently.

In the third trimester there is usually a significant craving for sweet products. Again it is necessary to insist on reducing the number of intakes, the use of fluoride, and proper hygiene as much as possible.

More troublesome for the fetus are gum problems. If we have gingivitis, it must be treated, because if it worsens it is shown that is related to the possibility of having a premature birth or having a low birth weight newborn.

In the case of diagnosing any oral problem during pregnancy, it must be treated. It should not be postponed: the pathology will continue to advance and worsen. Necessary precautions must be observed, of course, but pathology cannot be left untreated in a pregnant woman because the microbes that cause it have been shown to cross the placenta and pose a risk to the mother and the baby.

The ideal is, then, go to the dentist at least once a year. Thus, if you become pregnant, you will be sure that you do not have any injury that can be aggravated during those months. And keep going to your check-ups, including the one that should be done during pregnancy. There is no cause, therefore, that justifies losing any part during pregnancy.

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