What Good Oral Health Means When You Are Pregnant

If you are pregnant, you already know how important it is to take care of your body, especially during this exciting time.  A nutritious diet, regular moderate exercise and adequate sleep help protect both your health and the health of your baby.  What you may not already know is how important your oral health is during pregnancy also.

Recent research has suggested that women with periodontal disease may have a higher risk of unwanted childbirth complications, such as pre-term labor and low birth weight of the baby.  The good news is that a thorough exam by your periodontist may decrease the chance of these pregnancy and labor problems.

What exactly is periodontal disease? Simply put, it is gum disease, a chronic inflammatory condition in the gums that is caused by the presence of bacteria.

So what can you do about it?  To ensure the best health outcome for you and your baby, be sure to see your dentist or periodontist regularly during your pregnancy  in addition to receiving regular medical care from your obstetrician.  As always, practice good dental hygiene at home with routine brushing and flossing.

By being a life-long advocate for your oral health you might just save yourself and your baby from potentially serious complications.  Wishing you a happy pregnancy and many joyful years to come!