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Pregnancy and Dental Health

by Linh Cao-Chan, DDS on 05/03/12

During pregnancy, women will experience wild hormone fluctuations, which commonly manifest in gingivitis.  The gums will get more inflamed easily, and therefore bleed more frequently.  Surprisingly, only about 22-34% of pregnant women in the US visit the dentist during pregnancy.  Maybe they are worried that dental treatment can be unsafe for the baby.

We don't take X-rays during the pregnancy, avoid major dental work until the baby is delivered, and are mainly concerned with keeping the gums healthy.  Low birth weight and pre-term labor has been linked to gingivitis and gum disease associated with pregnancy.

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