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Did you know that periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature labor?  The dentist may be the last thing that you think about during this time, but we shouldn’t be.  We want to keep you and that little one as healthy as can be!!  Pregnancy can alter the hormone levels in our body and cause changes in our mouth.  A woman may even form a pregnancy tumor (pyogenic granuloma) on the gums.  This occurs in about 1-5% of women during their pregnancy and is asymptomatic.  As a result of hormone changes, 40% of women will develop gingivitis sometime during her pregnancy.  Factor in an exaggerated gag reflex and you may have a decrease in oral care.  If your oral hygiene is not ideal during pregnancy, the bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and lead to further issues.  As the disease process progresses in the mouth, the type of bacteria changes.  The new bacteria are more dangerous and can harm the precious little one.  Schedule an appointment so we can keep the both of you healthy!

Pregnancy is a piece of cake!!  We don’t hear that too often, but we do hear “my teeth haven’t been the same since I was pregnant”.  Many people think that their baby pulled all of the calcium out of their teeth.  “My baby stole my calcium”!  This is not really the case, but pregnancy sure does alter our mouth.  The hormone changes that women experience during pregnancy may alter the oral environment and change the way our gums behave.  Mix that with an exaggerated gag reflex when using a toothbrush and you have the potential for problems!  Don’t forget to visit the dentist on a routine basis. Periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight with babies so it is very important to stay up to date with your cleanings.  It is extremely important for you and your little one to maintain regular dental visits and oral hygiene while you are pregnant.  We would love to take a look at your mouth before, during, or after your pregnancy and answer any questions you may have.  Call our office or come visit us in Chesterton, Indiana.

1140 S. Calumet Rd. Suite 1
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 728-1484

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