Top Dental Myths Exposed
Dr Deborah Cole from Dental Health Services Victoria busts some commonly held beliefs about oral health.
Myth 1 – Women will lose teeth during pregnancy
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying ‘gain a child, lose a tooth’, or something similar. The myth is that a woman will inevitably lose a tooth during pregnancy (or at least expect dental problems as a result). Dr Cole explains, “It’s simply not true. Although your body and mouth change during pregnancy, your dentist or GP will let you know if there is anything to be concerned about and it is safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy.”
You need to increase your daily amount of calcium during pregnancy. Sufficient calcium will protect your bone mass and meet the nutritional needs of your developing baby. If the mother’s intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones – not her teeth – will provide the calcium her growing baby needs. This calcium loss is quickly made up after breastfeeding is stopped.
Myth 2 – You have to throw out your toothbrush after a cold
“Generally, you can’t give yourself the same thing twice,” says Dr Cole. “Once you have it, your body builds up antibodies so you can’t re-infect yourself.
Where your toothbrush is located is the real concern! Dr Cole says “Just be careful where your toothbrush sits as water splashing from the toilet can contain airborne bacteria which can make you sick if it reaches your toothbrush.”
Read more dental myths in our Healthy Bite Dental information sheet.