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Complications Of Poor Oral Health In Pregnancy

Complications Of Poor Oral Health In Pregnancy

Poor oral health in pregnancy : During pregnancy you may face a many new and often uncomfortable health issues as the months tick by. From swollen feet and change in foods taste, many of the things you may face are often explained as being ‘just pregnant.’

But when it comes to your oral health the problems that you may face while pregnant should not be overlooked as they could cause further issues later for you or your baby./ Poor oral health in pregnancy

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Bleeding gums & gum disease:

Changing hormonal levels during pregnancy mean that your body will react differently to bacteria on your teeth (plaque). This can lead to swollen and bleeding gums and even to the more serious forms of gum disease such as periodontitis and pregnancy gingivitis.

There have been proven links between gum disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes; with a greater risk of pre-eclampsia, premature birth and of giving birth to an underweight child.  / Poor oral health in pregnancy

It is therefore vital that pregnant women do not ignore any early signs of gum disease and get checked out by a dental professional straight away.


As with anybody’s oral health, prevention is always much better than a cure when it comes to looking after your mouth, this is certainly the case when you are pregnant. A good oral health routine should involve brushing last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, daily interdental cleaning and regular visits to the dentist./ Poor oral health in pregnancy

One of the easiest changes you can make to look after your oral health, and overall health, is your diet.

Cutting down on how often and how much sugar you consume can dramatically reduce your risk of tooth decay and is also beneficial to many other areas of your health and the infant.

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