The Facts About How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Oral Health

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If you’re pregnant—especially if you’re pregnant for the first time—you may be both excited and nervous. You probably understand that there are several things you’ll need to do to get ready. You also know that your body will change to accommodate your little one, but did you know that your mouth will change as well?

Sadly, because of some of these changes, you’ll be more vulnerable to gum disease. While this may not seem like a serious issue, if you don’t address your gum disease, you could ultimately have to cope with tooth loss, shifting teeth, and consistent bad breath. However, women who are pregnant will have to deal with a number of more serious problems.

You see, once your gums are infected, your entire body can suffer a number of consequences. Sadly, if you have gum disease, bad bacteria can enter your bloodstream more easily. While this is always an issue, as it can lead to heart disease, gum disease, and high blood pressure, pregnant women could also be at risk for preeclampsia and preterm delivery.

We also recommend scheduling regular appointments with our dentist, Dr. David S. Peterson regularly. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact The Dental Studio at 801-278-4787. We look forward to receiving your call soon.