Posted February 21, 2013
Most women recognize the importance of eating nutritious foods during pregnancy, but new research also reinforces the importance of maintaining good oral health.
Research recently reported by DrBicuspid.com found a link between periodontal disease and mothers with preterm births or low-birth-weight infants. According to WebMD, at least 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women experience hormonal changes that can increase their risk for oral health issues, such as gum inflammation (gingivitis) or gum disease (periodontitis).
While everyone should brush their teeth at least twice daily – after breakfast and before bedtime — and floss once each day, it is especially important for women to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. This includes scheduling an appointment for a dental checkup and cleaning (be sure to tell the dentist that you are pregnant and skip the x-rays). If periodontal issues are detected, treatment options may range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery for restoring supportive tissues.
Read more about pregnancy and periodontal disease in the following articles and share your feedback:
If you have experienced oral health problem during pregnancy, what were the concerns and the treatment solutions?