A pregnant mum’s diet during pregnancy is a very important part of your baby’s healthy tooth development.
Your baby starts to form between the sixth and eighth week of prenatal development, all that you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby, including the teeth.
Developing teeth need certain nutrients to grow properly; if you don’t get them through your diet, your baby won’t receive them either. Likewise, you’ll have to watch your intake of substances that could harm your teeth in utero, such as certain antibiotics.
- Calcium, a mineral that is the main component of teeth. The best dietary sources of calcium are in dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and low-fat yoghurt. The calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet.
- Phosphorous, another mineral, also accounts for the hardness of teeth. It is found in every one of the body’s cells, and also in many foods, especially high protein sources such as meat and milk, but also cereals. Of all the nutrients your baby’s teeth need, this is the easiest to get.
- Vitamin D helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus. Very few foods contain Vitamin D naturally. Mostly oily fish such as salmon and tuna. It is also produced naturally in the body when exposed to direct sunlight
- Protein is the most plentiful substance in your body after water. It is responsible for building, maintaining and replacing the body’s tissues. Meats and dairy products are the most protein-rich. It is possible to get all the different proteins your body requires with a vegetarian diet, but you will need to pay closer attention to what combinations of foods will provide all the essential amino acids.