September 22, 2021

Do Developing Babies Take Calcium From Mom’s Teeth?

“Gain a child, lose a tooth” is a Danish proverb that persists because studies throughout time continue to show the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she maintained in her mouth. Because the link between periodontal disease and pregnancy is well documented, even health care providers have heated discussions about whether this wive’s tale is true or not. Developing babies do in fact require an incredible amount of calcium and other minerals in order for their bones to form properly. In this episode of BURST tv, dental hygienist Charlotte Stirk shares details about some of the important vitamins and minerals that the developing fetus will need, where they come from and whether calcium can be stolen from momma if there isn’t enough available in the bloodstream.