How Folic Acid Can Benefit a Baby's Dental Development
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Moyer Office
During pregnancy, expectant mothers are encouraged to take a multi-vitamin that contains folic acid. This B vitamin helps to prevent against some major birth defects of a growing baby's spine and brain, all of which occur within the first few weeks of a new pregnancy.
Not only is folic acid a part of a nutritious diet, but it also serves some important roles in a baby's dental development. Read on to learn more.
The Development of a Baby's Teeth
A baby's teeth will start to develop during the third month of a pregnancy. During this time, folic acid continues to be important, as it promotes cell growth and repair and disease prevention.
Folic acid has also been found to reduce the risk of gum disease. It works in conjunction with vitamin C to repair damaged cells within the gum disease, preventing gum disease regardless of age.
Researchers have also discovered a strong relationship between pregnant mothers with low levels of folic acid and those who give birth to children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial defects. While a cause-and-effect relationship hasn't been established, the correlation is strong enough that both medical and dental professionals recommend sufficient folate intake during pregnancy.
How to Get More Folic Acid in Your Diet
Aside from a multi-vitamin, a healthy diet is the best way to get enough folic acid into your system. Some foods are naturally high in folate, while others are fortified with folic acid. These include leafy green vegetables, broccoli, peanuts, beans, and asparagus. Fortified, grain-based foods include cereals, pasta, and bread.
If you are pregnant, it is especially important that you keep up with your regular dental cleanings and examinations. At your appointment, we will discuss the many ways that you can care for you and your baby's oral health throughout pregnancy.