There’s nothing quite so noticeable as the glow that pregnancy brings, unless it’s the unwanted glow of red, swollen gum tissue caused by hormonal changes. While you’re eagerly looking forward to welcoming your little one, be sure to pay special attention to the health of your teeth!
Progesterone and Periodontal Disease
During pregnancy, hormones fluctuate and progesterone levels elevate. Progesterone stimulates your body’s production of prostaglandins, which affect inflammation of the blood vessels and gums. The increase in hormone levels open up the blood vessels making an easy target for plaque and toxins to flourish. As a result, up to 30% of pregnant women experience some form of periodontal (gum) disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
In its earliest stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that support your teeth. It evolves into an infection of the gums that grows to affect the supporting tissues and bone.
Pregnancy Complications Caused By Gum Disease
If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can potentially cause more serious problems down the road for mother and baby.
See Your Dentist!
Regularly checkups with your dentist are important for every person, but especially for expectant mothers. Your dentist can perform an oral health exam to ensure that no gum disease is present and treat it, if there is.
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