A recent article reported at Foxnews.com by Julie Relevant discusses the connection between pregnancy and oral health. The data is pretty revealing and conclusive that, if you’re pregnant, you are more likely to develop conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
As explained in the article…
Pregnancy gingivitis occurs because the increase in the hormone progesterone during pregnancy causes an exaggerated response to the plaque that’s already in your mouth. “The reaction to those toxins and those poisons from the plaque build-up is increased,” according to Dr. Amanda Seay, Orbit for Kids gum spokesperson.
And even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, pregnancy gingivitis can still be a problem. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, which studies show increases your risk for having a preterm and low birth weight baby.
If you’re pregnant call Shine Dental Associates today to schedule a periodontal exam with our board certified periodontist who will assess the state of your oral health and make sure that you do not develop gum disease or other oral health problems during your pregnancy.