Pregnancy brings a heightened sensitivity to the gums, causing them to swell and bleed. Many grandmothers will tell you how they lost their teeth during pregnancy. However, another problem concerns the risk of periodontal disease to the newborn. For a long time, we’ve known that risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and drug use contribute to mothers having babies that are born prematurely at a low birth weight.
Now evidence suggests a new risk factor – periodontal disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early or too small.
It appears that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Data suggests that women whose periodontal condition worsens during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.
All infections, including periodontal disease, are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. We advise all pregnant women, and all women of childbearing age, to please contact our office. We want to help you have the healthiest baby possible. We also want to prevent tooth loss in a pregnant mother by treating the “pregnancy gingivitis” and restoring a healthy mouth.