Can Pregnancy Cause Tooth Loss?

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Pregnancy caused my tooth loss, cavities, etc?!” Pregnancy gives way to hormonal changes which can affect the gums more than the teeth themselves, but it has no direct relationship to tooth loss.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 60 to 75% of people who are pregnant get gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease. This can result in gums bleeding and becoming red and swollen from inflammation, due to changes in progesterone and estrogen levels. Pregnant women often see a change in eating habits (like eating more carbohydrates than usual) or morning sickness, which can increase acidic exposure in the mouth.

Some of the more common causes that result in tooth loss are poor oral hygiene, poor dietary and lifestyle habits (smoking or chewing tobacco), drugs, undiagnosed and/or untreated dental disease (periodontal disease or tooth decay), inability to see the dentist regularly (neglect or phobia), and physical trauma.

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