Can Fluoride Toothpaste cause problems in Pregnancy?
One of the most beautiful phases in a woman’s life is pregnancy.
Who doesn’t love being a mother?
Although it comes with a lot of crying and caring, being a mother brings new purpose to life. You are given the gift of bringing a new person into the world and raising them as your own.
However, this tiny person will require lots of care, even before they’re born.
As “mommy,” you have to choose what’s right for the baby inside you and educate yourself on what may be harmful. The choices you make while pregnant will not only affect you but your child as well.
So, how does pregnancy relate to Fluoride Toothpaste?
Your doctor will tell you about healthy eating including whole grains, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. They will also mention the things you should avoid during pregnancy that can disturb a baby’s health – smoking and alcohol consumption should be avoided at all costs, and no medications – not even the over-the-counter variety – should be taken without asking your doctor first.
Among the list of products we use on a daily basis, there are lots of things that are best avoided during pregnancy.
One of those things is, believe it or not, toothpaste.
Yes, seemingly harmless and even beneficial for our oral hygiene, toothpaste can lead to problems during pregnancy.
If you do mistakenly ingest any amount of toothpaste, contact your local GP. Even if you’ve only swallowed a small amount, it’s better to be safe than sorry – especially if your baby’s health relies on it.
What makes Fluoride Toothpaste harmful?
Most of the toothpaste in the market contain fluoride, which is the chemical that should be avoided.
This fluoride is added in our toothpaste as it reverses the process of demineralization (i.e. prevents cavities).
Fluoride “saves your teeth from decay and protects them after prolonged use” according to the packaging. Some dentists consider fluoride very effective in the process of demineralisation while others do not. Fluoride’s link to Premature Birth
Many researches show us that fluoride is responsible for premature birth.
Premature birth is simply defined as a baby that is delivered before the 37th week. Many researches nowadays are showing that increasing rates of premature births are related to fluoride ingestion.
Of course, this “fluoride” is also present in our toothpaste, which we are using at least twice daily if we follow the typical dentist’s recommendations.
What is good for your teeth might be very dangerous for your baby’s health.
How does Fluoride Cause Premature Births?
Before beginning to understand how fluoride can affect the natural cycle of pregnancy and childbirth, we should first understand how the process of a normal contraction begins.
Let’s get scientific.
The hormone is known as CRH (corticotrophin releasing hormone) plays an important role.
It regulates the duration of pregnancy as well as the maturation of the fetus with its levels rising higher in the last weeks of pregnancy. This is what causes contractions in the uterus.
As “CRH” is regulated by the HPA (hypothalamus pituitary adrenal) axis, the fetal HPA axis effects CRH levels.
In other words, this is dangerous for your baby because it can affect your child’s future thought patterns, mood, sleep and alertness.
Fluoride can cause the birth of a baby by modifying the fetal HPA axis by affecting gut bacteria. This can result in premature “CRH” release that can cause early contractions and possibly stimulate premature birth.
Progesterone Supplements and Pregnancy
You might have used progesterone supplements during pregnancy.
Progesterone plays an interesting role during pregnancy. This hormone inhibits early contractions during 1st and 2nd trimesters. During normal contractions, your progesterone level drops.
Progesterone prevents premature birth.
Fluoride can counteract this by inducing apoptosis in fetal membranes. This will often lead to premature birth.
To bring on contractions, the body knows that myosin phosphatase must be activated.
Essentially, it activates the process of muscle contraction.
Fluoride is a myosin phosphatase inhibitor, which means that it can induce contractions.
Why should you be concerned about having a Premature Birth?
The term “premature,” to some may not seem too problematic, can cause some life-threatening conditions.
Premature birth can lead to the death of the baby, and those who survive are liable to have some health complications.
These include:• Breathing problems: which are more common in premature babies as their lungs aren’t developed completely.• Heart problems: also seen in underdeveloped babies.• Brain problems: such as hydrocephalus (excessive fluid in the brain) and bleeding inside the brain.• Cerebral palsy: in extreme cases.• Hearing and vision problems: due to underdeveloped organs.• ADHD: which is found to be more common in children who were born prematurely. So, what can we do with this knowledge?
As the complications caused by fluoride can be very alarming, you have reason to be worried. Whether by accident or due to bad habits, we all sometimes swallow some amount of toothpaste.
Even this little amount of ingestion can not only is harmful to you but also for the baby growing inside you.
Should I use an alternative to Fluoride Toothpaste during Pregnancy?
As you can imagine, if you continue to use fluoridated toothpaste, this problem may be difficult to avoid. Luckily, toothpaste is available on the market that is not fluoridated.
You are encouraged to use alternatives, especially during pregnancy, as fluoride is only required if teeth become cavity-prone and damaged. By brushing teeth appropriately and avoiding the consumption of excessive sugary foods, we can prevent tooth decay and damage.
You can take care not to swallow any toothpaste and risk doing so by accident…
Or you can choose to change the toothpaste you are using – at least during pregnancy.
What alternatives can I use during pregnancy?
Patients might use fluoride gels, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride in many other forms. Excessive amounts of fluoride can lead to fluorosis, a condition that causes demineralization and thus increases your chances of tooth decay.
There are many alternatives that can be used including:
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Coconut Oil
These can be used as an alternative to fluoride toothpaste and are also proven to have teeth whitening qualities.
Please do not put your baby at risk, as the outcome of swallowing the fluoride in toothpaste is very hazardous.
Sure, cleaning your teeth depends on good quality toothpaste (that is usually fluoridated), but what matters much more than the type of toothpaste you use and the frequency and quality of how you brush your teeth. If you are not brushing your teeth properly, good quality toothpaste makes no difference.
Just take a moment and think it over.
Changing your toothpaste for nine months is a minor adjustment to avoid potentially devastating consequences for the entirety of your child’s life.