Pregnant? Your Oral Health Is More Important Than Ever.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

If your gums bleed when brushing or are tender, you probably have gum disease. This bacteria has been associated with heart disease and increased risk of cancer. However, for pregnant women the effects can be severe for their unborn child.

Scientists have linked preterm and low birth weight babies to gum disease bacteria. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should ensure their oral health is at an optimal level by having a thorough periodontal exam.

Expecting fathers should also maintain good oral health, especially during this time. Even those with gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) can spread bacteria to the mother by kissing or sharing food and drinks.

Be proactive about the health of your mouth, for you and your baby! Regular dental checkups and cleanings are always important, particularly during pregnancy.  Contact us promptly if you have not had a dental checkup in the past 6 months. Call (828) 274-9440 for an appointment.

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