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Why You Should Visit the Dentist if You're Pregnant

If you are pregnant, there are so many changes going on in your body, and so many things to get ready for your baby, that the last thing on your mind is visiting the dentist for a dental check-up. But it’s vital that you have a dental check-up to protect the health of your baby.

An article in Dentistry Today shared that new studies from the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology states that women with periodontal disease may have early births or lightweight babies. This study states that any nonsurgical periodontal treatment for pregnant women is considered safe.
The reason 50-70 percent of pregnant women develop gum disease is hormonal changes. As a result of varying progesterone levels, gingivitis-causing bacteria spreads more, your gum tissue is more sensitive to plaque and your body responds more to the toxins that result from the plaque.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that babies with a low birth weight of less than 5.5 lbs could be at risk of long-term health problems, such as:

  • delayed motor skills
  • inhibited social growth
  • learning disabilities

These same above risks occur for babies born at least three weeks early, as well as:

  • respiratory issues
  • vision or hearing loss
  • feeding or digestion issues

If you are pregnant and in need of a dental check-up, we are here for you. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.