Consultation During Pregnancy
To maintain a good oral health during pregnancy, the Implantology Institute has developed a program for the prevention of oral health during pregnancy, according to the guidelines of the National Oral Health Promotion.
During pregnancy, the woman has major hormonal changes with effects in the oral cavity. Gums may bleed easily and small cavities may evolve due to the greater number of meals and the acidity of saliva (vomiting).
The first step to ensure good oral health during pregnancy involves a "check-up" before you become pregnant and carry out all the necessary dental treatments. Consultations with the Oral Hygienist are recommended every 3 months. When any type of oral pathology, tooth decay, dental abscesses, gingivitis (bleeding gums) or periodontitis arises, the pregnant women should be evaluated by a Dentist to decide which treatment is indicated.
The consultation during pregnancy also aims to inform the woman about the care that must be taken with oral hygiene, feeding habits and future newborn.
Should fluoride be taken during pregnancy?
Currently, the use of fluoride tablets are not recommended for pregnant women. Scientific studies show that fluoride passing from the mother to the baby is minimal and has no influence on the child's teeth.
The mother should use a fluoride toothpaste and in case of high index of caries she can still use an elixir with fluoride.
A mãe deve usar uma pasta fluoretada. Em caso de elevado indíce de cáries, pode ainda usar um elixir com flúor.
Does pregnancy spoil the mother's teeth?
No, pregnancy does not damage the teeth. It is a myth that babies "steals" calcium from their mothers. During pregnancy, some changes in the diet of the woman can increase her risk of developing cavities.
More frequent meals and the presence of more acidic saliva caused by nausea and vomiting, explains it.
It is normal to bleed from gums during pregnancy?
It is common that during pregnancy your gums bleed more easily, due to hormonal changes that occur. The removal of tartar and plaque should be made in the dental office and a good oral hygiene is highly recommended.
A pregnant woman can also go to the dentist?
Dental treatment should be postponed in a pregnant woman, especially in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy, except in the case of an emergency. This situation is justified not only because of the fetus, but also because of the discomfort caused to the mother by the position during the consultation.
In the case of need the Dentist can treat the women at any time. There are procedures and medications that are duly supported by scientific evidence as safe. There are even certain types of anesthesia that are safe both for the mother and for the fetus, and can be used without risk for both.
Can the mother pass tooth decay to her child?
Yes she can. Not only the mother can transmit it, but also the people who take care of the baby in the first years of life, such as grandparents and nannies. This happens because of behaviors such as taste or blow the food with a spoon or put a pacifier in the mouth of the mother to clean it, will transfer bacteria from the mouth of the mother to her son.