ORAL CARE DURING PREGNANCY
Growing evidence suggests that pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. While more researching is needed, it appears that gum disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that can induce labor. Data also suggest that when gum disease worsens during pregnancy, there's a higher risk of having a premature, low birth weight baby.
To help minimize any risks during pregnancy, here is some general advice and some common conditions to be on the lookout for:
Women considering pregnancy should visit their dentist for a checkup and to treat any oral care problems before becoming pregnant.