Various changes in women's progesterone and estrogen hormones increase the risk of gum disease. 

Why do teeth decay during pregnancy?

Some changes occur in the body of pregnant women. These changes can affect the baby as well as the mother. For this reason, pregnant women need to be more careful and attentive for both their own health and the health of their baby. 

How should pregnant women with nausea brush their teeth? 

During pregnancy, oral care should continue in its normal routine and the routine should not be disturbed. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day and the tongue should be cleaned. This is how oral and dental health can be protected during pregnancy. However, the biggest problem of pregnant women is intense nausea, especially in the morning. If nausea prevents tooth brushing, pregnant women may prefer a smaller toothbrush. 

However, if none of the methods are effective, the teeth can be brushed without paste. 
Increased tooth decay and tooth loss during pregnancy is associated with the pregnant woman consuming more food. In addition, pregnant women consume more sugary foods. In addition, since the pregnant woman experiences nausea and vomiting frequently, it may be more difficult to maintain oral health than in normal times. The process of tooth decay begins with plaque formation. 
Bacteria convert sugar and starch into acids that damage tooth enamel. The longer the sugars stay in the mouth, the longer the acid attack lasts. The longer the acid attacks last, the more inevitable tooth decay becomes. 
In addition, the frequent vomiting of pregnant women disrupts the chemistry of the mouth, acidity increases and a favorable environment is prepared for caries. 
Patients who need any dental treatment during pregnancy should act in consultation with both the gynecologist and the dentist. 

What should be the diet for a healthy mouth during pregnancy?

Babies are born with all their milk teeth and some of their permanent teeth already formed in their jaw bones. In order for the teeth under the jawbone to develop in a healthy and ideal way, it is very important for mothers to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. Protein intake should not be neglected for dental health. In addition, it is very important to take enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium-rich foods. Foods high in sugar should be avoided as much as possible. Acidic drinks should not be consumed. It is also very important to consume plenty of water. If there is no possibility to brush the teeth after a meal, chewing gum can be chewed. When a pregnant woman wants to consume dessert, it will be very beneficial to prefer box fruits. 

Dental treatment during pregnancy

If pregnancy is suspected, you should inform your dentist before the dental examination. Routine and preventive dental care can be performed at any time. However, treatments can be postponed if there is no emergency. 

Dental X-rays during pregnancy

There is no harm in taking a dental X-ray when pregnancy is suspected. However, it is still useful to protect the abdomen with a lead apron or plate. As a general rule, radiation should be avoided during pregnancy. This is especially important in the first 3 months when the baby's organs are forming. However, if there is a serious condition that endangers the mother's health and cannot be postponed until after birth, X-rays can be taken by taking all precautions. Specialized physicians should decide on this. 

Does the baby decay the mother's teeth?

During pregnancy, the baby gets the calcium it needs for development from the mother, so there is a perception that the mother's teeth decay. This idea does not reflect the truth. The calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and minerals that the baby needs for the healthy development of its teeth are met from the food taken by the mother. Therefore, more attention should be paid to a balanced and healthy diet during pregnancy.