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Gum Disease and Pregnancy, Marietta

Gum Disease and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time in life where dramatic changes occur over a short amount of time. While nine months often feels like a long time to wait to meet a new baby that you have been anticipating, nine months is truly a short amount of time for a new life to be conceived, developed, and born into the world. During that time, a lot of changes are occurring inside a woman’s body – and it is way more than just a growing abdomen. The entire blood supply of a pregnant woman doubles, the respiratory system rises to compensate for increased maternal oxygen consumption, the breasts become larger and change for the development of milk production, and the hormone levels drastically fluctuate. These changes, on top of weight gain and the development of a baby, are phenomenal. Yet, the changes in hormones can have an effect on the oral health that can cause significant consequences, which is why visiting the dentist during pregnancy is so important.

Periodontal disease, or severe gum disease, is a serious oral health concern for anyone – pregnant or not. However, gum disease during pregnancy can pose life-threatening risks to a mother and her unborn child.

Inside every mouth live millions of bacteria. If that encourages you to floss and brush your teeth more regularly, then good! These bacteria are meant to help your mouth by breaking down particles that are left behind after eating and drinking. However, as all bacteria go, there are good and bad effects. Because the body has a single blood stream, the blood supply that travels through the uterus also travels through the mouth. If bacteria enter into the blood stream and cross through to the placenta, severe consequences are at stake.

During pregnancy, the gum tissues are vulnerable to “pregnancy gingivitis” where they become easily irritated. If the gums are irritated and allow bacteria to enter them, they can cross over to the growing baby of a pregnant mother. Research has proven a direct link between gum disease and miscarriage, preterm labor, low birthweight babies, and stillbirth. All of these devastating effects can be avoided with proper oral care during pregnancy. A thorough exam and cleaning will help keep gum disease at bay, and if symptoms come up, they can be treated successfully.

Dental Care Center at Kennestone cares about your oral health. We offer safe and effective dentistry services to expectant mothers. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We care about you and your unborn baby.

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

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  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
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    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

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