Oral Health and Pregnancy
November 1, 2013
Every patient needs to take good care of his or her teeth, but pregnant women are especially vulnerable. Why? The reason is simple: studies have shown that there’s a link between gum disease and instances of premature birth. Other complications are possible as well.
By contrast, maintaining optimal oral health throughout the length of your pregnancy will protect you from common oral health issues, and can even have a positive effect on other kinds of health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Why are pregnant women at a greater risk of gum disease?
It has to do with the higher levels of progesterone in the body during this time. The increase of this hormone means your gums are more prone to irritation from plaque, which can lead to gingivitis.
So how can you protect your smile as you prepare to welcome a new member of your family into the world? We recommend three pieces of advice:
- Brush and floss on a regular basis, and pay special attention to your gum line.
- Limit the number of processed, sugary foods you eat. Enjoys fruits and vegetables instead.
- Ask Dr. Goldstein for personal recommendations based on your own health needs.
Are you expecting a little bundle of joy? Protect your smile from gum disease with regular dental care. Call Randolph Dental Care today for an appointment. We serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.