Gum Diseases and Their Effect on Pregnancy

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Gum Diseases and Their Effect on Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant or thinking of having a child should be concerned about gum disease and its effect on pregnancy. In essence, the condition of teeth and gums can have a direct impact on a healthy or not so healthy pregnancy. Research has clearly indicated that women who have gum diseases may have a greater chance of developing complications during pregnancy. This can include pregnancy gingivitis as well as gestational diabetes. Studies have also shown that some pregnant women with gum disease do give birth to a lower birth-weight baby.

Increased Blood Flow To The Gingival Tissues or Gums

Periodontal disease or gum disease is the result of bacteria found within the mouth going unchecked. When there is lack of good oral care such as regular brushing and flossing the end result is typically gum disease. Not surprisingly, some women who are pregnant may develop what is known as pregnancy gingivitis. This is the result of increased blood flow to the gingival tissues or gums. Pregnancy related hormones are usually the cause in this case. In short, the gums of pregnant women are more prone to inflammation.

Women Who Are Pregnant May Develop Pregnancy Tumors
Women Who Are Pregnant May Develop Pregnancy Tumors

Pregnant women may experience signs of pregnancy related gum disease in the form of swelling of gingival tissues or gums that bleed easily. In addition, tenderness of the gums and reddening of the gums may also indicate that there is a gum disease related problem at hand. Receding gums, loose teeth or bad breath also point to a potential gum disease related concern. In other instances, women who are pregnant may develop pregnancy tumors. All of these conditions and others should be carefully discussed with your dental care provider if you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental today to learn more.

References:
[1] Periodontal Diseases and Pregnancy
[2] Gum Diseases and Their Side Effects On Overall Health

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