Sep 13, 2011
Tooth discolouration is the change of colour of the teeth from normal white to dark or brown. Persistent discolouration of teeth is caused by gradual withering away of enamel. This may lead to the enamel revealing the dentin inside which is yellowish brown in colour.
During pregnancy, a woman needs to take many supplements of vitamins and minerals to provide for the needs of her body and the growing baby. Some of these medications can leave the tooth discoloured.
There could be many reasons why you may be experiencing a change in the colour of your teeth. Some of them include the following:
Iron supplements: If you see dark spots on your teeth during pregnancy, it could be due to those iron supplements you have been taking. Iron supplements are necessary for a pregnant woman to take because it is needed for the growing foetus and for the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels in the mother's body.
Mouthwashes: Some mouthwashes have the same effect as iron supplements do. The compound known as Cholorhexidine found in many mouthwashes is the worst offender. So, make sure that you check the label before purchasing.
Teeth staining compounds: A tooth staining compound, tetracycline, that is used for protection against many bacterial infections, is recommended during pregnancy by a lot of doctor, but as for discolouration of the teeth is concerned, the compound may allow the degradation.
It is normally used for treatment of acne now-a-days, including another medical condition of the skin called rosacea. The compound when taken during pregnancy is known to hinder bone development of the foetus. When the expecting mother takes it, she not only exposes her teeth to the risk of getting stained but also puts her child at risk of improper bone growth.
If you want to bleach your teeth because of the discolouration caused to it during pregnancy, check with your doctor. The peroxide used in bleaching is not likely to pose a great risk for your baby but do check with your doctor before going for it.
Avoid food and drinks that stain your teeth, kick the habit of smoking and clean your mouth after every meal to avoid damage to your teeth. You would also gain overall health by following these tips.
Expecting mothers concerned about the whiteness of their teeth must avoid smoking or drinking to avoid any impact on oral health. Drinking coffee, tea and eating dark fruits can also stain teeth.
After you have such staining foods, it is advised to brush your teeth soon afterward. Eating fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, celery and carrots act as natural tooth cleansers. Chewing sugarless gum is another way pregnant women can keep their teeth clean.
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