Pregnancy and Oral Health

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TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?…DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS!

It’s true! Researchers are finding links between pregnancy and dental care. Women with periodontal gum disease have a harder time getting pregnant. Studies show it can take on average, two months longer for women to get pregnant if they have abscessed teeth or gum disease.

Research in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology showed a correlation between oral health of the mother and problems in the pregnancy, including—organ failure in the developing fetus, preeclampsia, and miscarriage. Studies also indicate that infections in the mother’s blood can lead to long-term disabilities of the child.

It is believed that the blood supply and hormones in pregnancy allow infection agents to more easily get into the bloodstream and affect the developing baby.

If you have broken teeth or notice that your gums are bleeding, and you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, a trip to the dentist should be in your plans. They can improve your oral health and help you have a healthy pregnancy. If you want details or would like to schedule an appointment, call Avon Dental Care at 440-937-2273.

written by Dr. Thomas Hughes