Did you know that good dental health is even more important during pregnancy?
Increases in the hormone Progesterone during pregnancy causes an exaggerated response to the plaque that’s already in your mouth. This can lead to "pregnancy gingivitis." If left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, which is is a problem for both the expectant mother and potentially the baby, as well. (According to the Journal of the American Dental Association [JADA], "most of the clinical studies indicate a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm birth.") In addition, JADA notes "the possibility that maternal periodontal infections also may have adverse long-term effects on the infant’s development."
And if the expectant mother has a history of periodontal disease, she is at higher risk of having dental problems during pregnancy.
So what can be done to prevent this? Here are some tips:
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