What exactly is gum disease?
The simple answer is that gum disease is a common gum infection that may be quite troublesome, but it is preventable! The long answer is that all of your body’s tissues have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When germs accumulate in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame in an attempt to kill it. Gingivitis is a kind of gum inflammation that manifests as red, mushy, and aching gum tissue.
Gingivitis can progress to more serious gum disease (called periodontitis) over time, causing the bones in your teeth and jaw to deteriorate. Severe gum disease may devastate your mouth. Pregnant women must exercise extra caution since gum disease has been connected to preterm deliveries and low birth weight kids. Every mother and mother-to-be wants the finest start in life for their child.
Pregnancy, Gum Disease, and Birth Defects
Here are the details:
Gingivitis affects up to 75% of pregnant women. Approximately half of those women will have it worsen during pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related hormonal changes and diabetes can raise the risk of gum disease.
According to research, both mother age and socioeconomic level are risk factors for gum disease during pregnancy.
Though we don’t completely understand why, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of preterm delivery and having a child with a low birth weight.
What is the significance of this?
Babies weighing less than 5.5 pounds are more likely to grow slowly (physically, socially, and emotionally) throughout the rest of their lives. Babies delivered prematurely may experience the same challenges, as well as issues with their eyesight, breathing, hearing, and digestion. Learn more about preterm birth and low birth weight by speaking with your doctor.
How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?
Brushing your teeth when pregnant is not an exception. Brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings are all safe and important, especially for pregnant women. Not to mention that your pregnant cravings may have you indulging in an extra sweet treat or two—ice cream for breakfast, anyone?
Eat tooth-friendly meals and keep your mouth clean to stay ahead of the game and prevent gum disease. If you see signs of gingivitis, go to the dentist for a professional cleaning. If you want further assistance, you can request prescription-strength mouthwash. Discuss your general health, including the status of your gums, with both your main doctor and your dentist. We’d love to care for you at this important time if you’re looking for a Waupaca dentist.