When you are creating a new life inside your body, it is natural to find that your hormones are a little bit out of whack as your body adjusts to accommodate for this tiny human. What we don’t immediately recognize that this is will not only affect your day and the people around you, the surges of hormones can also affect your dental health. And if left untreated, can in turn affect your pregnancy. Here at Aesthetic Advantage we like to keep readers and fellow dental professionals abreast of the latest dental health findings. A new study shows that untreated periodontitis can complicate pregnancy in woman.
In a study of 366 pregnant women, it was revealed that oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women whose pregnancies were complicated by preterm birth. A prior study showed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy could lower the rate of preterm birth. Periodontitis is the beginning stages of gum disease, so it is important to make sure you are keeping your dental appointments during your entire pregnancy to ensure this happy time in your life is going as smoothly as possible.
Periodontitis was also found more prevalent in woman who had preterm low birth weight infants than in woman whose infants had a normal birth weight. Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, cause an increase in the number of oral bacteria, which enter the blood and negatively impact on certain female health issues.
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, woman should visit the dentist at least twice a year, and more often if women are pregnant, suffer from bone loss or gum problems. Keep your baby safe and sound in every way possible – see your dentist.
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