ESTROGEN & PROGESTERONE:
*IMPORTANT ROLE IN INTERNAL HOUSING, BLOOD FLOW, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND MILK
MACHINERY FOR BABY; STIMULATES PRODUCTION AND RELEASE OF OTHER IMPORTANT HORMONES
*HEIGHTENED ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE CAN LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR GINGIVITIS
(REVERSIBLE)… LEFT UNTREATED CAN PROGRESS TO PERIODONTITIS (IRREVERSIBLE GUM DISEASE.)
*SOMETIMES, EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF GUM DISEASE, THESE HORMONES CAN AFFECT THE BONE AND
LIGAMENTS AROUND THE TEETH, CAUSING THE TEETH TO FEEL LOOSER. (-MAYO CLINIC)
*VARIETY OF ROLES IN THE BODY. STIMILATE RBC PRODUCTION, MINIMIZE BLOOD CLOTTING, REDUCE
NASAL STUFFINESS, ETC. Released by variety of stimuli (mechanical, chemical, thermal, bacterial)
*LABOR-INDUCING. (CAUSE THE UTERUS TO RELAX/ CONTRACT.) BECAUSE THEY ARE RELEASED IN
RESPONSE TO ORAL BACTERIA; HIGHER AMOUNTS FOUND IN WOMEN WITH PERIODONTAL DISEASE.
*ASSOCIATED WITH PRE-TERM BIRTH: BREATHING PROBLEMS, ANEMIA, JAUNDICE, MENTAL
RETARDATION, CEREBRAL PALSY, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE, MALNUTRITION.(-MASS DENTAL)
*Many small meals throughout the day
*Crackers, Ginger Ale
(pH 4.4= ACIDIC)
BALANCE IF POSSIBLE
Recommended before, during and after!
Let dental team know you are pregnant
Ask OB if special precautions are needed
Risks vs. Benefits weighed; 2nd Trimester
3 cleanings/yr with military dental insurance
SAFE Digital x-rays (<½ radiation) + lead apron
Prevention is key
Healthy mom -> Healthier baby
*Gingivitis- Up to 70% of expecting moms
*Bumps may arise on gums (75%), lips, tongue,
cheek, skin, nasal septum (may cause nose
bleeds), and beyond. Pink or red in color.
-Pregnancy “tumor” /(Pyogenic Granuloma)
-Most common in 1st trimester to 7th month
-Trauma, Poor oral hygiene
-Typically resolves after pregnancy
*Smoking and alcohol consumption during
pregnancy can profoundly affect your child
*Healthy habits (balanced diet, good oral
hygiene) can have a positive impact
*Bacteria are TRANSFERABLE
*Sharing food/drink/eating utensils
*Kissing baby on mouth
*“Cleaning” dropped pacifier with your
* WHAT TO DO WHEN BABY ARRIVES?
- CHERISH EACH PRECIOUS MOMENT!!!!
Brush teeth as they arrive (FLUORIDE-FREE)
Floss teeth as they touch
Limit JUICE; No bottle in the crib
AAPD and ADA recommend that a child have his or her first
dental appointment by age one year (or when the first tooth
- Introduction and Education; Address questions & concerns
Common Questions/ Statements:
1) I never had cavities before I got pregnant.
2) My baby took all the calcium from my teeth.
3) You lose a tooth for each child you have.
4) I have soft teeth...
What can I do to protect them?