Many women—up to 70 percent of them—experience inflammation of the gums and infection during pregnancy. Not many realize that the changes are not just hormonal, the bleeding and inflammation of the gums experienced during this time is due to a gingivitis infection. The hormonal changes from pregnancy can alter the temperature and Ph balance in the mouth, leading to an overgrowth of infectious bacteria. This is what causes the symptoms. Despite this phenomenon being incredibly common, though, many pregnant women do not seek specific dental care for gum disease from a skilled periodontist. They should, though. Let’s talk about why.
Pregnancy Risks From Gingivitis
Recent research has begun to link premature birth and the health risks that come from it with periodontal disease and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. While this research is still in its early stages, studies both in and out of the developing world confirm that the risk of premature birth and complications is not determined by country of residence or lifestyle. There are ways to decrease this risk, though:
- Form a relationship with a periodontist who has experience with pregnancy gingivitis
- Get regular cleanings and check-ups, especially during pregnancy
- Consult with your specialist whenever inflammation, bleeding gums, or other symptoms appear
Get Help With Your Gingivitis Symptoms
If you’re currently pregnant or considering becoming so, get yourself off to a healthy start by making sure your oral health is well handled. If you have managed any gingivitis symptoms you’re already experiencing, then it will be easier to spot and address new symptoms as they come up. This is a key step to ensuring you can manage any infection that appears during the pregnancy.
For more information about the relationship between gum disease and pregnancy, contact Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants, pllc and make an appointment. Dr. Wang and Dr. Vest can help you plan an oral health care routine that will prepare you for any eventuality if your pregnancy does cause oral health complications. Call today.