Pregnancy and Gingivitis

Pregnancy and Gingivitis

Pregnancy is a time in a woman’s life where excitement, emotions, and expectations run high. From numerous prenatal appointments, to baby showers, to shopping for a nursery – there are so many things to do! While all of those items on your to-do list are important, it is also necessary to remember to make your oral health a priority. Oral health concerns that become present inside the mouth during pregnancy, or those that are problematic before you conceive, can have dire consequences on the health of an expectant mother and her growing baby.

Nine months of pregnancy can feel like a very long time to a woman who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby. However, if you fully understand all of the dramatic changes that occur in a woman’s body in just nine months, you realize how incredibly short that time period is. During just nine months, the respiratory system of a pregnant woman rises to accommodate the necessary oxygen for both her and her baby, the blood supply more than doubles, the breasts grow and change for milk production, the abdomen expands considerably, and hormone levels fluctuate drastically – and these are not even all of the changes that occur!

Hormones fluctuations are one of the most significant changes in a pregnant woman’s body. The hormones allow the body to conceive, sustain pregnancy, and then to go into labor at the appropriate time. The same hormones that are responsible for the development of the placenta are the hormones that affect the gum tissues inside the mouth. These hormones often cause “pregnancy gingivitis,” a condition where the gums are irritated and the mouth’s immunity is decreased. With a decreased immunity in the mouth, the millions of bacteria present can cause major trouble. Inflamed and irritated gum tissues can easily allow bacteria from the mouth to enter into the blood stream. Since the entire body is connected through a single blood supply, an infection inside the mouth can easily be transferred to the uterus. It has been medically proven that gum disease is linked to the following:

  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm labor
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Stillbirth

If you have any signs of pregnancy gingivitis, please contact Southern Charm Dental. We provide safe and effective dentistry services to protect you and your growing baby.