Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Gum Disease

Due to hormone changes during pregnancy, many women will suffer from gingivitis. Even small amounts of plaque left on and around the teeth during pregnancy will result in an exaggerated response in the gums.

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Pregnant women with gum disease may find that their condition worsens if they are not maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene. Gum treatment and good oral hygiene might have a positive effect on pregnancy, especially in those women with a known high risk of low birth weight or preterm birth.

Guidelines advise that it is safe to carry out gum treatment during pregnancy, preferably during the second trimester. For many pregnant women, it is a good time to start new and improved habits.

Professional treatment of gum disease and good oral hygiene will result in a healthier mouth with less inflammation, which is a benefit to everyone.