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Pregnancy and tooth loss

 In many cases, this is the case, and it need not necessarily be the case.

Pregnancy and tooth loss

There is a widespread belief that every pregnancy costs a woman a tooth. Although this indeed happens in many cases, the reality is that this is not necessarily the case and, of course, is not due to the conventionally assumed reason. 

For many generations of women, the idea has been passed down that pregnancy and tooth loss go hand in hand.

This is not entirely true, mainly because the baby in no case steals calcium from the mother's teeth; what does harm the baby is that the mother does not follow proper oral health during pregnancy. In any case, what is known for sure is that, with good oral hygiene and professional oral health care, pregnant women's teeth can remain healthy.
The baby is not a 'bone thief,' and wise nature provides enough calcium for the baby's bone structure to form without the mother losing any teeth. This is a totally unfounded myth. The baby obtains from the mother's diet the calcium it needs for the constitution of its bones and organs. If the mother's diet is poor in calcium, it draws on the mother's bone reserves but not on the teeth. Tooth mobility, which can occur during pregnancy, is related to the gingivitis of pregnancy, not to the presumed appropriation of calcium by the baby. It is essential that at this stage, the woman has a balanced diet, in which two to three servings of dairy products per day are present.

So, why do some women associate pregnancy and tooth loss? The fact that their oral health is negatively affected depends on other factors, such as changes in the permeability of blood vessels experienced during pregnancy, the presence of more acid in the mouth, changes in the bacterial composition of the mouth, or the existence of higher levels of sex hormones.