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Babies may have gummy smiles when they’re born but their teeth have been developing the entire time they were in your stomach. Not surprisingly, your well-being and what you eat and drink during pregnancy has a direct impact on the smile of your developing child. Your dental health can also affect the baby in your body; mothers with periodontal disease are more likely to have premature or low birth weight babies.
For a long time we’ve known that factors such as smoking, alcohol and drug use in pregnant woman contribute to prematurely born babies and children being born at a low weight.
Now evidence is mounting that suggests a new risk factor–periodontal disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early or too small.
More research is needed to confirm how exactly periodontal disease affects pregnancy outcomes. It appears that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce the labour.
The best way to prevent gum problems is to see your Dental Hygienist regularly especially before and during your pregnancy to make sure you have a healthy mouth. There are many gum problems that women are more prone to experience during pregnancy:
Affects almost 50% of all pregnant women. It is caused by bacteria that form colonies on your teeth and gums. Pregnancy hormones cause increased reaction of the gums in contact with bacteria in the plaque. Your swollen gums act as a door that introduces bacteria into the rest of your body.
Untreated gingivitis can progress into gum and bone disease-severe infection which destroys the bone and the fibres that keep teeth in place. It can cause premature loss of the teeth and it is linked to other health problems like heart disease, strokes, diabetes as well as premature babies at low birth weight.
These tumours can make it hard to speak, eat and swallow and may cause pain or discomfort.
If one or more of these signs apply to you, bring it to the attention of your Dental Hygienist
• bleeding gums when brushing/flossing
• gums are red, swollen, and tender
• gums are pulled away from the teeth
• pus between the teeth/gums
• permanent teeth are loose/separating
• persistent bad breath