Pregnancy causes changes in hormones, which can result in increased susceptibility to periodontal disease. During pregnancy, there is likely an increase chance of bleeding and swelling of the gums (pregnancy gingivitis). More frequent cleanings are recommended during this period to reduce inflammation and prevent the development of periodontal disease.
Recent evidence suggests that periodontal disease, if untreated, can cause preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be many times more likely to have a baby that is born too early or too small.
All infections, including periodontal disease, are cause for concern for pregnant women and pose a risk to the health of the baby. We advise all pregnant women to please contact our office for an evaluation and professional cleaning. We want to help you have the healthiest baby possible.