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The Critical Risk of Skipping Dental Visits During Pregnancy, Marietta

The Critical Risk of Skipping Dental Visits During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a time of profound changes, not just physically but also in terms of dental health. At the Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we emphasize the importance of maintaining optimal oral health during this crucial period. One of the most significant concerns we address with expectant mothers is the risk associated with untreated gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This condition can have far-reaching implications for both maternal and fetal health, making awareness and prevention essential.

Understanding Gum Disease in Pregnancy

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The condition is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to gingivitis—an early stage of gum disease marked by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. This progression can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Risks of Untreated Gum Disease During Pregnancy

  1. Preterm Birth: Several studies have found a correlation between periodontal disease and preterm birth. The bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the bloodstream and reach the fetus, potentially triggering inflammatory responses that may lead to premature labor.
  2. Low Birth Weight: Babies born to mothers with untreated gum disease are at a higher risk of being born with a low birth weight, a factor associated with various health complications and developmental issues.
  3. Preeclampsia: Gum disease during pregnancy has also been linked to an increased risk of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease During Pregnancy

At the Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we advocate for preventive care and early treatment to mitigate the risks associated with gum disease during pregnancy. Here are some steps we recommend:

  • Regular Dental Checkups: Scheduling regular dental checkups during pregnancy allows for the early detection and treatment of gum disease. Our team is trained to provide care that ensures both your safety and that of your baby.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene: Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce plaque buildup and prevent gum disease.
  • Eating a Balanced Diet: A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can boost your immune system and help fight off infection, including gum disease.
  • Quitting Smoking: Smoking significantly increases the risk of gum disease and its complications. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and your baby’s health.

The Role of Professional Care While You’re Pregnant

At the Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we understand the unique needs of pregnant patients. Our team provides compassionate, comprehensive care tailored to address the increased risk of gum disease during pregnancy. From routine cleanings to more specialized treatments, we are equipped to ensure your oral health is in the best possible condition, supporting your overall health and the well-being of your baby.

Untreated gum disease poses a serious risk during pregnancy, not just to maternal health but also to the health and development of the baby. Awareness, prevention, and early treatment are key to managing this risk. At the Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we are committed to providing the care and support you need during this important time in your life. If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about how we can help protect you and your baby from the risks associated with untreated gum disease.

Posted on behalf of Dental Care Center at Kennestone


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