The mouth, aka the oral cavity, plays an extremely important role in the health of your entire system. So it’s necessary to take into consideration one’s oral-systemic health as one of the baseline focus for one’s health concerns. As such, when someone is pregnant, their oral health affects their to-be baby drastically.
So you’re pregnant and carrying it to term! So you got the vitamins, no more alcohol, ex-out the raw fish, no standing in front of microwaves, and you’re up to date on vaccinations. Missing something? How about calling your dentist! Having a complete dental examination & cleaning (or two +) during pregnancy is vital for your baby-to-be. Increasing research indicates a direct connection between gum disease & poor oral health to premature births, low birth weights, and pre-eclampsia.
For an introduction and more general details, please take a look at the tips & GREAT VIDEO below!
HERE’S THE LINK TO THE GREAT VIDEO —-> http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/Gum-Disease-Killing-Unborn-Babies/YBz0mpMWZkiaoC-7kMpQ9w.cspx?articleID=25149
(the below story is from CBS 42 News online)
GUM DISEASE AND PREGNANCY
WHAT IT IS: According to Perio.org, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious of gum infections that, if left untreated for some time, can eventually lead to tooth loss and decay. The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth.”
ALL DIFFERENT FORMS: Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Typically, with gingivitis, the gums become red and inflamed and bleed very easily. Usually, improper brushing and oral hygiene are to blame for gingivitis. Another form of periodontal disease is periodontitis. Periodontitis is what happens when gingivitis goes untreated. At this point, plaque and infections are spreading below the gum line. The gums separate from the teeth and pockets form below the gum, thus creating a deeper pocket…ultimately destroying the bone and tissue. (Source: Perio.org)
MOMMY TO BE: Believe it or not, having pre-existing gum disease can have an effect on pregnancy. According to Netwellness.org, recently, the bacterium that causes periodontal disease has been linked to premature births and stillborn babies. The bacterium from periodontal disease, called F. nucleatum, targets the placenta and amniotic fluid in the sac. PREVENTION: Since gum disease can lead to premature births, there are a few simple things you can do at home to aid in the prevention of periodontal disease. Visit your dentist regularly. Floss! So many people forget. Make a conscious effort to brush your teeth at least two times a day. Invest in an anti-gum disease mouth wash and use daily. (Source: netwellness.org)