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How Oral Health Impacts Your Pregnancy

It’s hard to believe that problems in your mouth can affect your growing baby, but research has confirmed a link between gum disease in mom and premature or low weight birth in the new baby.

Regular teeth cleanings as well as proper oral hygiene might be just as important as ultrasounds and OB/GYN visits.

Pregnancy hormones put you at greater risk of gum disease. Luckily, this is all preventable if you know what to look out for.

How Gingivitis Impacts Pregnancy?

Certain hormones — namely progesterone and estrogen — are elevated in a woman’s body during pregnancy. These hormones make the gums more likely to overreact to the presence of even small amounts of plaque.

This reaction usually shows up between months two and eight of pregnancy. Women usually notice their gums getting redder and puffier, and their gums are tender to the touch and more likely to bleed from flossing or brushing.

In extreme circumstances, in the third trimester, we have seen patients with an excruciating, burning sensation in their gums and, because of their pregnancy, we are unable to medicate or give them relief. This is another reason it’s critical to make sure you don’t have gum disease before you conceive.