Pregnancy and Oral Health
Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight Babies
An expectant mom's gum disease may indicate an increased probability of a pre-term birth. Did you know that pregnant women with chronic periodontal (gum) disease during the second trimester are up to seven times more likely to give birth prematurely?
One in Eight Babies Is Born Too Early
Unfortunately, almost 500,000 babies in the United States are born prematurely, before the 37th completed week. It takes a tremendous toll on families as premature babies fight to survive and may have ongoing health challenges throughout their lives. There are numbers in the text. Take out the numbers.
Oral Health Before, During and After Pregnancy is Important
Receiving professional dental care during pregnancy is important. Yet, the American Dental Association (ADA) says that most pregnant women will not visit their dentist - even if they are having dental problems. Dental treatment is usually safe for pregnant women. Of course, if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are attempting to become pregnant, inform your dentist. Your dentist will know the appropriate precautions.
Up to 14% of women develop diabetes during pregnancy, called “gestational diabetes.” Diabetes can hurt you and your baby. Maintaining your oral health contributes to a healthy pregnancy and birth and may even help your baby avoid future poor health.
Elevated ovarian hormones during pregnancy are associated with increased gum inflammation. Your gums can become red, puffy or tender and may bleed when you brush. See your dentist during your pregnancy and be sure to mention if you've noticed these symptoms. Your dentist may recommend an additional cleaning during your second trimester or early third trimester to help you avoid problems.
Gum inflammation plays a possible role in the development of pre-eclampsia, a serious condition affecting approximately 5% of U.S. pregnancies. When a mother suffers from pre-eclampsia, the blood supply to her baby is reduced -impacting the baby's ability to grow and be healthy.