The importance of dental checkups during pregnancy

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The prenatal dental checks only consist of a general oral examination to check for caries, gingivitis, or some mucosal lesion. The reason is very simple. The common people believe that the calcium that the fetus requires in its formation takes it out of the mother's teeth. This is a mistake caused by the observation of people or mothers, the consequences of pregnancy lose teeth or get spoiled. It is one of those myths that have been formed throughout history and are difficult to change. The fetus takes calcium from the diet mainly and from the bones of the mother .

What actually happens is that the immunoglobulin in the saliva is lost, so that the saliva turns into water that is harmless to us and to the bacteria of the oral flora.. Given this, the bacteria increase in number causing; caries, gingivitis, mucous lesions or simply halitosis. All this is fought only with more hygiene, brushing and some mouthwash that stabilizes the bacterial flora of the mouth.


When to go to the dentist

In reference to the frequency in which these controls must be carried out, ideally they should be done every three months during pregnancy and for a year afterwards in the breastfeeding period. This period after pregnancy is also very important, since the time of feeding the baby with breast milk is a risk period equal to that of pregnancy.

Ideally, expectant mothers should go to their dentist before they begin to notice symptoms , so they should not wait until they show up.. But it should do so with more reason if there are already: Gingivitis - bleeding gums, sensitivity to temperature changes - possible decay - dry mouth - salivating lack or aphthous - viral mucosal ulcerations.

Source: Firmado por Nedelko Lecich López (Clínica dental Lecich)
*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
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*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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