Periodontal health, which refers to the condition of the structures that support your teeth, is an important part of your oral and overall health. However, periodontal health becomes even more important when you are pregnant. Bad oral heath can have detrimental effects on the health of your unborn child that can lead to low-birth weight babies as well as to giving birth pre-term.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a set of chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory diseases that attack the gum tissue and in more severe cases, the bones that support your teeth. Early signs of gum disease include tenderness, swelling, and redness. Symptoms can also include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing, receding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. These signs should definitely not be ignored, especially if you are pregnant!
Of course, as in all of dentistry, prevention is the key!
- Brush your teeth properly for two minutes twice daily.
- Floss daily.
- Use antiseptic mouthwash.
- Maintain regular dental checkups.