Women With Gum Disease Take Longer to Become Pregnant

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, 3:04 pm

Lots of things go into planning your family. Visiting the dentist needs to go toward the top of the list.  A study from Australia has linked difficulty conceiving to active gum disease. The study discovered that it took women with periodontal disease longer to get pregnant than women who had healthy gums.

The study showed that the effect of gum disease on conception is about equal to the mother being obese. Previous studies have shown that oral bacteria has been linked to low birth weight babies and premature birth. According to Roger Hart, a professor at the University of Western Australia this is the “first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of pregnancy.”

Our mouths are full of bacteria and to keep them in check we must brush and floss regularly. Many things can lead to gum disease such as hormonal changes, poor oral care, certain medications or other health problems. Professional dental cleanings can help clean up infected gums but red, puffy gums should never be ignored. Left alone, gum disease can quickly advance causing tooth loss and affecting your overall health as the bacteria travel throughout the body. This is important for all of us but especially urgent for pregnant women and diabetics.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-886-9439  today to schedule your dental hygiene appointment.If you have been avoiding the dentist because of anxiety or fear remember to ask about sedation dentistry and how it can help you receive the care you need.

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