Cavities in pregnancy

The body changes that pregnant women undergo also affect their teeth. The College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia launched a few weeks ago the I Oral Health and Pregnancy Campaign to inform future mothers of the importance of taking care of their oral health.

Among the experts' recommendations is to go to periodic reviews during pregnancy to monitor not only the frequent appearance of pregnancy gingivitis, but also the possible presence of cavities and its repercussions in this state and after delivery.

Cavities are a disease of bacterial origin that cause demineralization of the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth produce acids from the remains of food, which damage the structure of the teeth, causing this ailment.

According to him Doctor Enrique Llobell, president of the Valencian College of Dentists and Stomatologists, one of the causes of tooth decay during pregnancy is the change in the composition of saliva, which becomes acidic, something very common during the last trimester and in breastfeeding months.

Also the hormonal changes of pregnancy, the increase in estrogens and progestogens, create a favorable environment for cavities and gingivitis to appear, as the blood supply to the tissues of the mouth increases, making them more sensitive to external agents.

Experts recommend preventing cavities as the first form of treatment. Because the chances of tooth decay increase in pregnancy, special care should be taken to oral hygiene. In general, future moms should brush their teeth at least twice a day, using dental floss and fluoride paste.

In addition, maintaining an adequate diet is essential. Pregnant women should avoid food and drink with high concentrations of sugar and increase hygiene in the case of vomiting, since stomach acids can damage the enamel of the teeth and make them more vulnerable to bacterial attack.

In the case of cavities during pregnancy, it is very important to go to the dentist, since the procedures and drugs used to end this ailment they do not pose a risk neither for the mother nor for the baby.

Patricia garcia. Contributor to our site

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