Periodontal Disease, also known as Gum Disease, ranges from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease which can damage soft tissue and bone that support teeth if not treated. Periodontal Disease has been linked to many systemic diseases, and is known to even cause complications in pregnancy.

Pregnant women experience hormonal changes due to the increase of estrogen and progesterone and this exaggerates the way gum tissues react to plaque. If left on the teeth for extended periods of time, this plaque causes gingivitis.

Research done by dentists points out that many of the high number of women with low birth weight babies and preterm babies suffer from gingivitis. This bacterium enters the bloodstream through the gums, travels to the uterus and triggers the early production of chemicals known as Prostaglandins which induces premature labor.

Although everyone needs to follow a consistent, hygiene schedule of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist; if you are pregnant, be sure to check in with your dentist regularly and don't take your dental hygiene routine lightly. It is important for your health and the health of your baby. Here are some ways you can prevent Gum Disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day! Take great care to brush every part of your teeth and soft tissue (cheeks and gums) with a fluoride toothpaste, especially near the gum line.
  • Floss your teeth at least once per day! Flossing your teeth will remove food particles and plaque from areas of your teeth that brushing won't. Be sure not to avoid, or miss, flossing your teeth!
  • Visit the Dentist regularly! Visit your dentist at least every six months. If you do this, it will help you avoid future dental treatment that is unnecessary and the dentist can help you in the fight against Periodontal Disease.
  • Eat Healthy Foods! Eating healthy foods is important for the overall health of your body. Foods that contain vitamins C and B12 will help your body's natural defense system work stronger.

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