Will eating sugar during pregnancy affect my child's dental health?
Posted on 8/8/2022 by Advanced Dental Associates
Pregnancy comes with a lot of peculiar cravings. You may find yourself craving toast more than usual, pickles, or sweet treats here and there. However, it is essential to note that your child also consumes everything you consume during pregnancy. Therefore, just as having excessive sugar in your diet affects your overall and dental health while you're not pregnant, it will also affect your developing child.
At our practice, we have observed that too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy have long-term effects on your child's health. Mothers who consume too many soft drinks such as sodas while pregnant deliver children with cognitive issues. We, therefore, advise that you be more cautious about what you eat during pregnancy to avoid reducing your child's cognitive skills.
Excessive sugar and gestational diabetes
Pregnancy comes with several conditions, one of them being gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is usually caused by the high blood pressure experienced during pregnancy. Limiting the amount of sugar in your diet is essential to managing this condition. As much as gestational diabetes usually disappears after delivery, failure to limit your sugar intake during this period will make you and your child more susceptible to type 2 diabetes.
In conclusion, since you are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay while pregnant, excessive sugar intake only worsens your dental health. We recommend replacing these sugary treats with non-sugar ones like cheese and unsweetened dairy products. Moreover, maintain good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Brushing and flossing will clean up the bacteria and plaque that may lead to worse dental health. The use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash is highly recommended.
Please drop by our offices for consultation and guidance on developing a sugar-free diet during pregnancy.
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