Pregnancy is a time of elation, excitement, and sometimes nervousness as the time for delivery draws near. Throughout pregnancy, most women make prenatal appointments a priority so that they and their doctors can monitor the growth and development of their baby. However, while these OB/GYN appointments are important, they are not the only appointments that need to be kept. Dental visits should remain a priority during pregnancy because of the direct relationship between oral health and pregnancy. Pregnancy causes drastic changes in hormonal levels that increase a woman’s risk for oral health concerns. 40% of women will develop gingivitis sometime during their pregnancy – a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.”
Millions of bacteria live inside the mouth every single day. If that doesn’t cause you to floss and brush your teeth more, nothing will! These oral bacteria are present inside the mouth to help break down particles left behind after eating and drinking. They are truly meant to be helpful, and when they are kept at a manageable level they are successful. However, during pregnancy the mouth is a vulnerable place to have bacteria hanging out.
The entire body is connected through one single blood supply. This blood supply travels throughout the body multiple times each day, and it can easily transfer cells and bacteria from one part of the body to another. In women who are experiencing any type of gum irritation (tenderness, swelling, soreness, or gums that bleed easily), oral bacteria can enter into the gum tissues and into the blood stream. A minor infection inside the mouth can quickly pass to the uterus, causing serious complications. Research has proven that there is a direct link between gum disease and the following pregnancy concerns:
- Preterm labor
- Low birthweight babies
At Cane Bay Family Dentistry, we take your oral health care seriously and we want to encourage you to do the same. Dentistry services are safe during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a thorough cleaning and exam. Our practice cares about your oral health and your growing baby.
1724 State Rd, #4D
Summerville, SC 29483