Pregnancy, Your Smile, and Gum Disease

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Understandably, pregnant mothers frequently go to great lengths to protect their unborn child. Of course, if you are a pregnant you probably understand how important it is to take care of your overall health. But did you know that it’s also very important to protect your oral health?

For example, gum disease can cause very serious problems for pregnant women. Typically, this is because of a change in hormones levels during pregnancy. Particularly, the hormone progesterone is elevated in pregnant women, which causes can lead to our gums becoming inflamed. This makes gingivitis (which is technically inflamed gums) extremely common in pregnant women.

Sadly, gum diseases like gingivitis can lead to a new variety of problems. If your gums are infected—which is a major component of gum disease—the infection can get into your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. If this happens, women with periodontal disease are more likely to have high blood pressure and preterm delivery.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid the complications caused by gum disease is simply avoiding gum disease entirely. Fortunately, you can do this fairly easily by maintaining good oral health. This includes brushing every day for two minutes at a time, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings. Usually, you need these cleanings every six months, but your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings for pregnant women.

Furthermore, your dentist will be able to meet many of your dental needs, though they will probably try to avoid dental work during the first trimester. If you worry about something being wrong with your teeth, please contact your dentist immediately.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you.