For some time, advance gum disease, called periodontitis, has been linked to complications of pregnancy including premature birth, low birth-weight, toxaemia, and gestational diabetes.
Research has strengthened this association by showing that gestational diabetes appears in women with gum disease – even if they don’t smoke or drink. Gestational diabetes usually disappears once the baby is born, but it places you at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on.
So how to prevent gum disease? The best prevention is regular dental care and thorough daily brushing and flossing to remove the build-up of plaque, the natural biofilm that is always present in your mouth.
Pregnancy is a time of hormonal fluctuations that can alter the bacterial and acidic balance in your mouth and leave you a little more susceptible to gum disease. That’s why, during your pregnancy, we may suggest more frequent follow-up than you’re used to.
Yet everyone at every age needs to maintain their oral health because gum disease has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cancers, respiratory diseases, an diabetes in the general population.
No matter what your stage of life, don’t wait until you see symptoms of inflammation including redness, puffiness, or bleeding gums. Even if you think you are problem-free, don’t skip your recall visits.
We screen for gum disease at every visit, because we like to see you smiling.