Pregnant Women Face Three Times the Risk of Gingivitis

Pregnancy is typically a time in a woman’s life where there are a lot of exciting changes going on in her body. There are some things, however, that are not so thrilling, like possible morning sickness! With the responsibility of all that comes with pregnancy, Dr. Reisman and Dr. Contrucci at C R Dental Group want to remind mothers-to-be to remember the importance of their oral health.

Gingivitis Can Affect Mother and Baby

Women who are pregnant are likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health and avoid adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), untreated dental diseases can be harmful to both the mother and the baby. Maternal periodontal disease, which is a chronic infection of the gingiva and supporting tooth structures, has been associated with preterm birth, development of pre-eclampsia, and delivery of infants small for their gestational age.

Gingivitis Can Be Managed

Women who are pregnant generally have a higher risk of gum disease because of hormonal shifts, which affect inflammatory reactions in the body. With proper education and good oral hygiene, pregnancy gingivitis can be handled effectively. If you are pregnant, or considering becoming pregnant, it is important to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits, are key to helping to improve oral health for expectant mothers.