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Pregnancy May Lead To Periodontal Problems

Posted on May 24th, 2016

We enjoy being a family dental practice, and we are always excited when our patients let us know that their families will be getting bigger.

Having a baby, whether it’s your first, your fourth, or beyond, is something to celebrate. Bringing a new life into the world is a great responsibility and the source of many joys.

If you are expecting or expect to be expecting in the near future, we want you to pay particular attention to your oral health. Many women develop gum disease when they are pregnant.

Atlanta West Dentistry wants you to know what to watch for, and just as important, we want you to know that you can always visit our dentist office in Marietta, GA, if you have concerns about your oral health.

Signs Of Gingivitis

The symptoms of gum disease don’t change much whether you are pregnant or not. This means you’ll know what to watch for at any time.

You are likely aware that dentists want you to brush twice each day and to floss between your teeth and gums once per day. These activities can give you a clue about the health of your gums.

If you bleed while you are flossing or brushing, you may have gingivitis, which is a mild form of a gum disease. This may be a sign that you are not brushing and flossing as often as you should. By following the ADA recommendations (mentioned earlier), you may be able to reverse your condition.

Other signs of gingivitis are gums that appear redder or more swollen than usual.

We encourage you to take steps to treat this periodontal disease as soon as possible. You don’t want it to turn into periodontitis.

Symptoms Of Periodontitis

When gingivitis goes untreated it can turn into periodontitis, which should be treated by a dental professional.

If you experience the symptoms listed below, please contact Atlanta West Dentistry to make an appointment as soon as you can:

If your bite changes or your teeth feel like the move easily, this is a particularly troublesome sign. It’s also the reason gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

As gum disease progresses, a couple things can happen that affect your teeth.

First, the disease can attack the gum tissue. As the tissue weakens, it is not as capable of holding your teeth in place.

Second, gum disease may start to affect the bone that holds the roots of your teeth. As the bone breaks down, it loses its grip on your teeth.

Why Gum Disease Is More Common During Pregnancy

Several factors can make people more susceptible to gum disease. One of those factors is being a female going through a hormone change. This includes puberty, menopause, and pregnancy.

When you are pregnant, your body produces more progesterone. This hormone plays an important role in nurturing the baby growing inside you. This makes it very important for your baby’s health.

However, progesterone also makes it easier for some bacteria that cause gingivitis to grow.

Fighting And Treating Gum Disease

We want to reiterate that prevention is the best approach to fighting periodontal disease.

Brushing twice a day (for two minutes each time), flossing every day, and visiting our dentist office in Marietta, GA, for professional cleanings are the foundation of good oral health.

If you want to take it a step further, you may want to rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash, too. If you have questions about which kinds you can use, just ask us.

If you notice the symptoms of gum disease, however, we encourage you to take steps to treat it as soon as possible. At our office, we have two non-surgical methods for treating gum disease.

The first is scaling and root planing. This goes beyond a routine cleaning. During this procedure, your dentist or hygienist will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth.

In more serious cases, we will use a perio laser. This may sound scary, but it’s actually a safe way to remove diseased tissue from your mouth.

With the laser, we can pinpoint the damaged parts of your gums and preserve more of the healthy tissue. The laser also seals your gums, which means less bleeding and faster recovery than you would need with surgical treatments.

We Want To See You Smiling

It’s important for you to keep your routine appointments during your pregnancy. We want to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.

To schedule your next appointment, call Atlanta West Dentistry at (770) 941-6979 or fill out our online form.

We also want to see you and your baby after your son or daughter is born. We know you’ll be smiling then.