Dental Care and Your Pregnancy

You may smile a little more if you’re pregnant because of how happy you are. During your pregnancy, taking care of your teeth , mouth and gums is a necessary step to ensure that your smile never shifts to a frown. Studies performed by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have shown that “women who received dental health care before or during their pregnancy were almost 50 percent less likely than those who ignored their own dental health care to give birth to preterm babies or babies with low birth weight.” In addition, there was also a lack of dental care associated with cases of stillborn babies. see post
A California woman was affected by one such incident. The woman had untreated gum disease and confirmed that the oral bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum, had been transmitted through her bloodstream from the 35-year-old to her unborn foetus. Obstetrics and Gynecology investigated the incident, and the doctors involved in the cause of death were related to the form of oral bacteria found in the mouth of the woman and the stomach and lungs of her infant.
Pregnancy is associated with hormonal changes and that can cause changes in your oral health. Other figures say that 75% of pregnant women experience gum bleeding. As the Journal of Periodontology has reported on cases in which oral bacteria from an expectant mother may occur in the amniotic fluid of some pregnant women , especially those at high risk for premature delivery, those experiencing the common sign of gum disease need to be careful.

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