Have you heard the rumor that your oral health can have a dramatic impact on the health of your baby? Most new mothers are very conscious about how they take care of themselves, from the items they put in their body to the things they do. They want the very best for the fresh new life that is growing inside of them. Some women forget what an important role their dental health can play in the development of their unborn child.
Particularly when it comes to gum disease, you might be facing some major health issues when your baby is born or even during the pregnancy itself. Seeing a dentist is essential during this time of life, and you can see for yourself why.
Gum disease leads to premature births
Scientists are still researching the long-term effects of periodontal diseases during pregnancy, but they do know that it tends to lead to premature births. Women are far more likely to go into labor earlier when they have gum disease. In fact, research is showing that they are roughly seven times more likely to give birth before their term is up. An early birth leads to potentially lifelong issues for your child, including respiratory problems, vision and hearing loss, feeding problems, and digestive issues.
Gum disease can lead to low-weight babies
Many premature births end up with babies that are well below a typical birth weight because they haven’t fully developed. However, a full-term delivery can still result in a low birth weight when you have gum disease. Compared to women without any periodontal issues, this is one of the most significant issues for pregnant women to consider. Babies that are born at less than 5.5 pounds might have some long-term health problems to consider as well. For example, they could have delayed motor skills, stunted social growth, or learning disabilities.
Signs of Gum Disease
If you are pregnant or think you may become pregnant, the best thing you can do is to take care of your oral health now. Know the symptoms that you can expect and be sure to see a dentist if they arise. You should be looking for:
- Tender gums that are red or swollen
- Gums that bleed when you brush or eat
- Gums that are separating from the teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
It is recommended that you keep up with your dental cleanings each year, as well as daily hygiene like brushing and flossing. Be sure to brush thoroughly twice each day and floss between all teeth to get rid of bacteria that can cause gum disease. By taking these steps, you can prevent gum disease from developing or worsening.
If you think that you might be pregnant and developing gum disease, be sure to see a qualified dentist! At Markham Dental Centre, we can help you to find a solution to your periodontal problem and help you to prevent any further issues from developing. Be sure to give us a call today!