Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy gingivitis is known to develop in almost half of all pregnant women and should be monitored by a dentist during pregnancy. This is a precautionary measure to prevent this form of gingivitis from progressing into more serious periodontitis, an advanced and irreversible form of gum disease, which has been linked with preterm birth.

Pregnant mothers with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to go into preterm labor due to a chemical found in oral bacteria, called Prostaglandin. Because high levels of Prostaglandin have been found in the mouths of women with severe cases of periodontal disease, you should discuss treatment and prevention with your dental health provider if you are pregnant or are considering pregnancy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 630-893-4200.

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