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The Importance of Oral Health During Pregnancy

According to a study conducted by The American Academy of Periodontology, treating a woman’s periodontal disease decreases her chances of premature labor by almost 50%. With such a large statistic, the study confirms the importance of good oral health for expectant mothers, to prevent diseases such as gingivitis, which expecting women are at a higher risk for.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, refers to swelling and redness of the gums that often causes bleeding during brushing and flossing. Women 2-8 months into their pregnancy are particularly susceptible to gingivitis due to hormonal changes. Even with no changes in oral hygiene, the gums often become puffy and red.

The important thing to note, however, is that the cause of the gingival inflammation is still plaque; and although plaque levels generally don’t drastically change, pregnant women are more vulnerable to gum disease. In order to decrease chances of pregnancy gingivitis, make sure to take immaculate care of your mouth while you are pregnant. Here are some ways in which you can do so.

To help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and build up. This keeps the gums and teeth healthy, and the mother pain free.

Be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss or inter dental cleaners, since this will help decrease chances of pregnancy gingivitis.  

One extra cleaning during pregnancy can be very helpful in preventing gingivitis. Dentists have specialized tools that can remove plaque more thoroughly than brushing and flossing.

When choosing oral care products, look for those that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, in order to ensure standards of safety and effectiveness.

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