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How Calcium Affects Teeth During Pregnancy

 
Low calcium intake does not cause cavities.

A young woman came into the office after a recent pregnancy with several cavities and explained to me that all the calcium from her teeth was used for the baby's milk. She used to have perfect teeth before the pregnancy had weakened them.

At first glance, it seems rather logical: Teeth are composed largely of calcium, and milk is also high in calcium. The problem is that calcium used throughout the body comes from the bones, not the teeth. Low calcium intake during pregnancy, or at any other time, does not contribute to cavities. Carbohydrates (starches and sugars) that are left on teeth are what form cavities. Bacteria commonly found in the mouth, which then produces acid, attack the teeth. If the bacteria and acids are not brushed and flossed off regularly, cavities will result.

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