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Periodontitis and Pregnancy: Why You Should See Your Dentist When Pregnant

November 15, 2019
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Posted By: Paddington Dentistry
Pregnant Woman | Dentist in Paddington NSW

If you’re pregnant, you might have spent some time thinking about the prospect of needing children’s dentistry in Paddington, NSW when your little one is old enough. But have you considered the importance of visiting the dentist yourself, while you are pregnant?

Knowledge about the connection between dental health and systemic health is fairly recent, and experts today are studying the effects of periodontal disease on pregnancy. Gum disease puts pregnant women at a higher risk for giving birth prematurely as well as low birth rate.

Pregnancy is an exciting time—and a busy time of nursery planning, doctor appointments, and hospital tours. But it’s important that pregnant women not put off their usual trips to the dentist for examinations and cleanings.

The Potential Impact of Gum Disease on Pregnancy

About half of women who are pregnant will experience some kind of gingivitis or mild gum disease. This is because the hormonal changes in the body make gums more sensitive to bacteria and plaque. Many pregnant women will experience bleeding gums or gums that swollen and tender. It’s important to visit your dentist to have this addressed.

In addition to risks of premature birth and low birth weight, periodontitis has even been linked to other conditions, including preeclampsia, intrauterine grown restriction, and diabetes.

Staying Ahead of Gum Disease

It’s more important than ever to practice good oral hygiene while you are pregnant. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once to help keep teeth and gums healthy. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing dental decay.

If you are suffering from morning sickness, it’s easy to let these good habits fall by the wayside, but it’s more important than ever to keep up your routine. The health of your baby could be impacted.

We Welcome Your Call

Talk to your Paddington, NSW dentist about examinations and cleanings while pregnant, and feel free to ask questions about children’s dentistry for the future. We look forward to seeing you.

 

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