During pregnancy, the body experiences many physiological changes that both affect and depend on good oral health. Changes in blood volume and increased hormones can lead to gums that bleed easily. This can lead to Pregnancy Gingivitis. Left untreated, or in the absence of good dental care, many pregnant women experience deteriorating periodontal health.
Maintaining good dental health may not seem an important part of prenatal health care, but studies have consistently shown the connection between poor oral hygiene and an increased risk for pregnancy complications such as preterm labor and low birth weight. Infective bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cross the placenta into the womb, stressing the developing child. The “mouth-body”, systemic connection can affect the body’s role in providing a healthy and nurturing environment for the growing baby.
Dr. Paulen provides personalized dental care and will offer tips for maintaining your gum health during pregnancy. During your routine visits to Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, she and her staff look for the early warning signs of gum disease and tooth decay, recommending appropriate treatment when necessary. It is safe to have dental treatment while pregnant. They can help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a healthy smile as you await the birth of your child.