You've probably heard the saying, "For every child she bears, a woman loses a tooth."
This old wives' tale may have borne some truth years ago, but today women are better educated about their teeth and dentists understand more about physiological and psychological changes during pregnancy.
The hormonal changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy may have a negative effect on her teeth. The accumulation of plaque can irritate the gums and is the most common cause of gingivitis and gum disease.
During pregnancy, increased hormone levels can exaggerate the way the gums react to plaque. Therefore, brushing your teeth and flossing, with special attention to the gum line, is extremely important to maintain good oral health.
It is estimated that over 50 percent of women experience some degree of depression after a pregnancy. Studies demonstrate that estrogen and progesterone levels change, similar to the hormonal variances that many women experience during their menstrual cycle. Sheer exhaustion, apprehension about new responsibilities and anti-climactic shock may contribute to a sense of an overwhelming burden.
It is natural and quite common for many women to take time to refocus attention on themselves after having a child. Don't despair! Resuming your normal lifestyle, including a visit to the dentist, is crucial to the recovery process. A woman cannot be the best mother if she fails to maintain her own mental and physical well being.
Here are some helpful hints:
Be sure to visit your dentist regularly during and immediately after your pregnancy.
Remember, only a dentist can diagnose your dental problems and offer the right treatment plan for you. If you need a dentist, call us at 1-866-970-0441 to be connected with one today.