Oral Health Tips for Expecting Mothers

Oral Health Tips for Expecting Mothers

Recent clinical recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) as well as the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain a healthy periodontal routine as well.

Females who have gum disease and are expecting will have a higher risk of having adverse pregnancy outcomes. Things like giving birth to a pre-term or low-birth weight baby, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

Periodontal disease is more common then people realize. It is a chronic gum disease; that is caused by bacteria build up. In many cases it will attack the bones that support the teeth. If gum disease is left treated, it can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Hikade is passionate about educating his patients about the benefits of caring for you teeth.

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

Gum disease is often undiagnosed. There are many symptoms that a lot of people will experience but will sometimes ignore. The most common is swollen gums, or redness on the gum tissue. Bleeding gums are common, especially when you use a toothbrush, floss or eat food.

What happens when gum disease is present?

It can pull away from your teeth, and you can have chronic bad breath, and eventually you will loose your teeth. If you have any of these signs when you are pregnant, do not take them lightly or ignore them.

There are many research studies that have suggested that women with periodontal disease are more likely to have babies prematurely or even with low-birth weights over those mothers with healthy gums.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds may be at risk of long-term health problems such as delayed motor skills, social growth, or learning disabilities.

These tips will help ensure you and your baby are healthy.

Brush and Floss on a Routine

Establishing a routine is key for long lasting health. When your baby is born, it could be more difficult to maintain a solid routine. Practicing a solid health regimen can help ensure consistent habits later. It is essential to brush and floss your teeth every day for the best benefits.

Visit Your Dentist

Women who are expecting and pregnant should visit their dentist for a periodontal evaluation. It can decrease the chance of adverse pregnancy complications. Our doctors are committed to your health and happy to set up an appointment today,

For a full evaluation visit us today.


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