THOUGH IT MAY SEEM ODD, hormonal changes in women’s bodies during pregnancy actually increase their risk of dental health problems. Not only can this affect the mother’s overall health, it can affect the baby’s birth as well. Multiple studies have found links between gum disease and complications during pregnancy…most of which end up resulting in premature births. That is why it’s even more important for women to focus on having sound oral health when they are expecting.
Because gum disease is a greater threat for pregnant women, here are some ways to help prevent it:
- Eat healthy!!
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss once daily.
- Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash daily.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Visit our practice regularly during your pregnancy.
Signs of gum disease include swollen/red gums, bleeding (especially when brushing), and soreness in the gums, and you should make an appointment with one of our doctors asap if symptoms develop. Fortunately, here at Dental Partners of Boston, thanks to the many advanced treatments our periodontists offer, we can help you manage and reverse your gum disease. Soft tissue grafts can help decrease sensitivity, cover up exposed roots, and replace missing tissue.
So, take care of your mouth! And be extra careful if you’re pregnant. We look forward to serving you.