Will I lose My Teeth While I'm Pregnant Or Breast Feeding?

This is a very important issue for pregnant women to understand.  There is a direct connection between proper nutritional intake and your dental health.  Many mothers have had thousands of dollars in dental work or have lost teeth due to bone loss and gum disease after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.  When asked if women lose calcium from her teeth during pregnancy, the American Dental Association (ADA) plays with an answer by speaking out both sides of its mouth.  The ADA responds by saying this:

"It is a myth that calcium is lost from the mother’s teeth during pregnancy. The calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet, not by your teeth. If dietary calcium is inadequate, however, your body will provide this mineral from stores in your bones. An adequate intake of dairy products – the primary source of calcium – or the supplements your obstetrician may recommend will help ensure that you get all the calcium you need during your pregnancy."

Now, I'm no Rocket Scientist or Rhodes Scholar, but it's safe to say that it is not a myth that a woman loses calcium in her teeth during pregnancy.  If she is not getting enough dietary calcium then, according to the ADA, the body will take the calcium from your bones-that includes the bones in the teeth!

Why the ADA and our dentists won't be straight with us about this issue is beyond me. It would help a lot of women to know that their dental problems may be due to poor nutrition instead of poor hygiene which is the reason most commonly associated with tooth decay. 

The National Institute of Health says that women lose bone mass during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  According to the National institute of Health, "Studies have shown that women often lose 3 to 5 percent of their bone mass during breastfeeding, although they recover it rapidly after weaning. This bone loss may be caused by the growing baby’s increased need for calcium, which is drawn from the mother’s bones."

Each woman is different and your level of tooth and gum problems may very.  However, it is directly related to both your diet AS WELL AS the different things that are happening to your body including the fluctuation of your hormone levels. So don't allow anyone to make you think you are crazy because you think your dental problems are somehow associated with your pregnancy.  You know your body, you know what changes are happening to your body. 

Dr. Weston A. Price, a Cleveland Dentist travelled the world for 10 years and discovered there was a direct connection between dental decay and improper nutrition.  He found that people who ate a diet of refined refined foods lacking in fat soluble vitamins, ladened with white flour and white sugar were usually physically deteriorating with poor dental health.  Using this knowledge, he was able to get a 250 percent success rate in improving dental decay in his own test. 

According to Dr. Price's Research:  "The importance of good nutrition for mothers during pregnancy has long been recognized, but Dr. Price's investigation showed that primitives understood and practiced preconception nutritional programs for both parents. Many tribes required a period of premarital nutrition, and children were spaced to permit the mother to maintain her full health and strength, thus assuring subsequent offspring of physical excellence. Special foods were often given to pregnant and lactating women, as well as to the maturing boys and girls in preparation for future parenthood. Dr. Price found these foods to be very rich in fat soluble vitamins A and D nutrients found only in animal fats."

You can get Dr. Price's Book "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration," From Amazon. 

Dr. Weston Price's Book "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration"Credit: Amazon.comDr. Weston PriceCredit: Amazon.com

Using Dr. Price's Research detailed in his book, Ramiel Nagel wrote a book, "Cure For Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition," which is also available at Amazon, detailing how you can heal your teeth and prevent tooth decay with the right nutrition. Mr. Nagel used the principles from Dr. Price's research to reverse his one year old daughter's tooth decay.  According to Dr. Price's research, dental problems including tooth decay are a result of the imbalance between the calcium-phosphorus ratio that is within the tooth. 

It is much easier to read than Dr. Price's work and may be easier to understand for the lay person. However, both books are very important for your library to help you improve yours and your family's dental health.


Ramiel Nagel "Cure For Tooth Decay"Credit: Amazon.com

So yes, there is a connection between pregnancy and tooth loss and that connection is proper nutrition (Don't just eat anything like most pregnancy women are told its ok to do-eat the best and most nutritious things). No matter how much you floss and brush, if you are not getting the proper dietary nutrition, your body will take it from your bones-including the bones in your teeth. Your body will subsequently degenerate and it could mean tooth decay, tooth and gum irritations, periodontal diseases in different stages including bone loss in the teeth. According to what Dr. Price's research suggests, you should make sure you get the best nourishment before, during and after pregnancy.  His research also suggests spacing out your children to give the woman's body time to rebuild.

NOTE: To help remove plaque around you can check with your dentist about using a sonic toothbrush.  Sonic technology is really being promoted as one of the best ways to keep plaque which is the leading cause of gum disease other than improper diet, from accumalating along the gumline.  Your dentist office might offer them for hundreds of dollars, but you can get a good sonic toothbrush for under $50. It's the difference between 300 brush strokes (with the human hand) and 22,000 to 30,000 brush strokes per minute with the sonic brush.  If you are having severe gum issues, talk to your dentist and try adding a sonic toothbrush to your daily regime.

Note: Many people have reported reversal of serious gum infections, tightening of loose teeth and strengthening of gums by using Dr. Schultz tooth and gum formula and daily oral therapy.  You can read more about that on Dr. Shultz's website here

Many, many people have also reported getting good results with most dental problems by using colloidal silver.  Silver used to be the preferred antibiotic used in the medical field before the invention of anti-biotics.  It is still used in many hospitals as an antibiotic.  Silver  is said to kill the bad bacteria without harming the good ones.  Using silver with a good sonic toothbrush may solve your dental problems.  Do your research online and look on Amazon to see what colloidal silver products work best. Talk to your dentist for futher advice.


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American Dental Association: Pregnancy and Oral Health

National Institute of Health: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Bone Health

Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation