Pregnant women often do not consider dental health a priority during pregnancy. Misconceptions about dental treatments causing complications like miscarriages or pre-term birth prevent some pregnant women from seeking dental care. It is important to know that health of the teeth and gums is a crucial part of pre-natal care.
Some facts about why oral health care is important in pregnancy:
- Pregnancy gingivitis – Physiological changes of the body may cause bacterial infections which cause inflammation or swelling of the gum tissues causing gingivitis. The condition is common among 60–75% of pregnant women.
- Periodontitis – This condition arises from neglected gingivitis which leads to tooth loss. It affects around 15% of pregnant women.
- Tooth infections can spread throughout the body which may affect both the mother and the fetus.
- Pre-natal oral conditions can affect the new-born if left untreated. Children under 72 months of age can suffer from dental caries or cavities. Studies show that these caries-causing bacteria are acquired by their mothers pre-natally.
- Untreated oral conditions may cause serious pregnancy complications such as spontaneous abortion, pre-term birth, pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria) and gestational diabetes.
To know more about oral health care during pregnancy, contact Green Meadow Dental at 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. Families from Berlin find the easy drive to Newington well worthwhile because or our expertise and modern facilities, our friendly dental team and the relaxing disposition of Dr. Mukund. We also service patients from surrounding areas including Cromwell, Kensington and Plainville.