Periodontal Diseases and Pregnancy: What is the Link?

Pregnant women are usually well-aware of the importance of taking care of her well-being, the exception tends to be periodontal health. It should be noted that the European Federation of Periodontology (EEP) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) have emphasized the periodontal health of a pregnant woman.  According to research conducted by EEP and AAP, pregnant women, with periodontal diseases, are at a higher risk of complications including delivery of premature or low-birth-weight babies.

periodontal disease and pregnancy

Often pregnant women avoid going to the periodontist while pregnant for fear that the procedures should be avoided while pregnant.  While this is true for some more invasive procedures, the exact opposite is true when it comes to periodontal disease.  The sooner the bacteria that causes gum disease is treated, the healthier the mother is!

Periodontal diseases can result in tooth loss and is also a marker for other diseases such as cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity of the gum tissues. These symptoms are generally called gum disease or periodontal disease & can easily be treated at Anthem Periodontics.   Gum disease occurs more in the middle of pregnancy since hormonal secretion is increased after a few months which causes dilation of the tiny blood vessels of gum tissues.

It is advisable that when a woman is pregnant, she absolutely should take oral health as seriously as any other health issue. If you live in and around Las Vegas, you can always visit Dr. De Andrade at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants.