Due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, the bacteria in the mouth uses the increase in certain hormones as growth factors. This, in turn, increases the bacterial count and the irritating inflammatory response associated with it. Gum disease (periodontitis) results and possible “pregnancy tumors” can develop. These “tumors” are an excess growth of gum tissue in between the teeth. If not treated early with proper dental intervention these “pregnancy tumors” may need surgical removal after delivery of the child.
The fetus can be affected directly by the mother’s poor oral health. Studies have shown a link between mothers with periodontal (gum) disease and babies with low birth weight or even preterm births.
If you are planning to have children then give our office a call so we can get your oral health in tip-top shape before you get pregnant.