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A tooth for every child!

Is that really true?

You're expecting a child and you're overjoyed because you're about to start a new family. When you announce the wonderful news, grandma smiles and says, "Every child costs a mother a tooth."
Hmmmm... do things have to be this way, and if so, why? 

You clean your teeth consistently, floss on a regular basis, and your dentist visits have all been under 10 minutes. So, why should your teeth suffer or even fall out while you're pregnant? 

Hormones, the great scapegoat! 

Hormones, hormones, hormones...

Pregnancy hormones not only cause emotional ups and downs, but they also cause numerous bodily changes. Changes in the tooth enamel are also included. The changing hormonal state softens the tooth enamel, making tooth rotting and other problems more likely. It's also crucial to keep the gaps between your teeth clean, as this can easily contribute to gum irritation (periodontitis). Interestingly, untreated periodontitis is linked to premature birth and low birth weight. It is recommended that all pregnant women schedule two dental visits during their pregnancy to receive a check-up and advice from their dentist. Professional teeth cleaning is a good idea because tooth rot is sadly contagious. There is a chance that the newborn will be infected with the Streptococcus Mutans bacteria, which are cavity-causing germs. 

So: brush your teeth regularly!

Brushing your teeth regularly (at least three times a day) is beneficial, and chewing for a long period and vigorously prevents gum inflammation and stomach difficulties.

If you have frequent vomiting and nausea during pregnancy, remember to rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride-based mouthwash to protect your teeth from stomach acid. Please avoid brushing your teeth just after vomiting, since this will cause even more damage to the already fragile tooth enamel. 

Lucia, a midwife from the beautiful Allgäu says: "A regular check-up at the dentist you trust is extremely important for you and your baby. Don't forget: your child's oral hygiene begins before the first tooth appears."

Sincerely, Lucia