As you know, expecting mothers have a lot to worry about. You also know that their bodies are changing to get ready for their new arrival. However, did you know that your mouth will also be affected by these changes?
For example, did you know that pregnant women should expect increased progesterone levels, which could cause the blood vessels in their gums to become inflamed? Sadly, this means that gum disease can become worse for pregnant women much faster than it would otherwise.
Sadly, gum disease can also cause more issues for a pregnant woman than it could for others.
You see, gum disease can affect your entire body. Once your gums become infected, the infection will also have easier access to your bloodstream, allowing it to travel through your body. Sadly, it can also affect your child. In fact, studies have linked periodontal disease to preterm delivery and high blood pressure, which could cause pre-eclampsia.
While periodontal disease can be treated, preventing it is the better option. You can usually avoid this issue simply by brushing and flossing your teeth. You should also remember to visit our dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. If you do have gum disease, our dental staff will be able to remove the tartar that is causing inflammation and help you address your infection.
If you are interested in learning more about caring for your teeth while you’re pregnant in Provo, Utah, please don’t hesitate to give Robinson Wolfgramm Dental a call at 801-373-2060. Our dentist, Dr. Taylor Robinson, and our team will evaluate your teeth and help you keep your smile healthy. We look forward to hearing from you soon.