December 22, 2015

The Link between Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy Complications

pregnant woman brushing her teeth to avoid periodontal diseasepregnant woman brushing her teeth to avoid periodontal diseasePregnancy brings with it countless bodily changes, and most of them are not pleasant. It’s worth it for the little bundles of joy, but in the meantime, taking great care of yourself is essential to ensure your child’s health. While some of the concerns associated with pregnancy are well known, like shifting hormones, elevated blood pressure, and morning sickness, few women know about a common oral health concern associated with pregnancy, periodontal disease. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health concerns in the US, and an estimated 40% of women suffer from gum disease while pregnant. In fact, the phenomenon is so common, it has its own name: pregnancy gingivitis.