If you are trying to get pregnant, you probably understand the importance of a healthy body. But did you know this also includes the health of your mouth? Untreated oral health issues such as gum disease can not only contribute to a low birthweight baby but can also impact your ability to conceive in the first place.
Fertility problems can be frustrating and highly emotional for women. If you are struggling to get pregnant, you may not have gum disease on your radar as a potential culprit. However recent research as proven otherwise. While the average time for conception for healthy couples is about five months, those with gum or periodontal disease may have to try for seven months or more to conceive.
The issue between fertility and gum disease doesn’t just exist for women. Men who have active gum disease have been shown to have a decreased sperm count, which could further complicate or extend the process of conception. Both men and women have a responsibility to prepare their bodies before they conceive a child. This should include strong dental hygiene as well as a routine visit to your dentist. Early gum disease is highly reversible and can be identified by swollen, red or bleeding gums.
If you have already become pregnant, you are not off the hook for preventing gum disease. The dangers of an untreated gum infection persist into pregnancy and have been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Unfortunately, the surge in hormones during these nine months can make periodontal disease more prevalent. In fact, you may be familiar with the term “pregnancy gingivitis.” It becomes even more important, therefore, that you keep up with your brushing routine, flossing habits and dental visits during your pregnancy.
At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we believe that healthy teeth and gums are important at every stage of life, but especially when you’re planning to get pregnant or already expecting. Call our Roswell office today to schedule your dental cleaning today.