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Benefits News: Pregnancy and Oral Health

May 8, 2015

It is a myth that calcium is lost from the mother's teeth during pregnancy.  The calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet, not by your teeth.  However, if dietary calcium is inadequate, your body will access this mineral from stores in your bones. An adequate intake of dairy products, green leafy vegetables or the supplements your obstetrician may recommend will help ensure that your get all the calcium you need during your pregnancy.

However, changes in oral health can occur during pregnancy. The primary changes are due to a surge in hormones - particularly estrogen and progesterone. These hormones can cause an excess of plaque on your teeth. If not removed daily through brushing and flossing, it can eventually harden into tartar and may increase your risk of gum disease.

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