If you are pregnant, then people have probably given you a lot of information about dental care. However, there are also a lot of myths about dental care and pregnancy. In order to ensure that you are able to properly care for your teeth and gums during pregnancy, it is important to dispel the myths.
Myth: The Baby Removes Calcium From the Mother’s Teeth
Fact: Babies do require calcium to grow in the womb. If a mother does not get enough calcium, then calcium may be removed from the mother’s bones. However, this will not affect the mother’s teeth because they have already formed.
Myth: I do not Need to go to the Dentist if I am Pregnant
Fact: Being pregnant can put you at risk for developing oral conditions, such as gum disease. You are also more likely to have growths, which are known as pregnancy tumors. That is why you should see your dentist at least once during your pregnancy.
Myth: I Should not Tell the Dentist That I am Pregnant
Fact: You should definitely tell your dentist if you are pregnant. There are some dental treatments that are not safe to perform during pregnancy. You should also let your doctor know if your pregnancy is considered high-risk.
Myth: You Should Brush Your Teeth Immediately After you Vomit
Fact: Vomiting is common during early pregnancy. When you vomit, you eject gastric acid from your stomach. This acid can erode your teeth. If you brush your teeth right after you vomit, then your teeth will be more prone to erosion. You have to wait for the acid to neutralize. This will typically take about 30 minutes.
Myth: You Should Never get an X-ray During Your Pregnancy
Fact: Dental x-rays are safe. However, they should not be used unless necessary. For example, if you are having mouth pain, then your dentist may recommend an x-ray.
If you need a dentist while you are pregnant and are in the Chandler or Gilbert, AZ area call our office at (480) 306-5506