Dental Care and Your Pregnancy

Since you are so pleased, you might be smiling a little more if you are pregnant. Taking care of your teeth, mouth, and gums during pregnancy is a must if you want to keep your smile from turning into a frown. “Those who received dental health care before or during their pregnancy had approximately 50% less chance of giving birth to preterm babies or babies with low birth weight than those who ignored their own dental health care,” according to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine research. In addition, a lack of dental care has been connected to the birth of stillborn children. You may find more details about this at TLC Dental

A woman from California was affected by one such incident. The woman had untreated gum disease, and according to MSNBC.com, Fusobacterium nucleatum, an oral bacteria, was transmitted from the 35-year-old to her unborn foetus through her bloodstream. The cause of death was due to the form of oral bacteria present in the woman’s mouth, as well as her child’s stomach and lungs, according to the Obstetrics and Gynecology department.

Pregnancy brings in hormonal changes, which can lead to changes in your oral health. According to other figures, 75 percent of pregnant women experience gum bleeding. The Journal of Periodontology has reported on cases where oral bacteria from an expectant mother can occur in the amniotic fluid of some pregnant women, especially those at high risk for a premature delivery.

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