Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the woman’s risk for gum disease. For the best chance of a healthy pregnancy, At iSmile dental clinic we recommend a comprehensive periodontal exam “if you’re pregnant or before you become pregnant to identify whether or not you’re at risk.”
Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.Babies born too early or at a low birth weight often have significant health problems, including lung conditions, heart conditions, and learning disorders. While many factors can contribute to premature or low birth weight deliveries, researchers are looking at the possible role of gum disease. Infection and inflammation in general seem to interfere with a fetus’ development in the womb.