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If you’ve ever been pregnant, you probably understand that there are several things you’ll need to do to prepare for new arrivals. However, did you know that you’ll need to do a few things to stay healthy? Still, would you surprised to learn that your oral health will change as well?

For instance, you might know that gum disease is a major problem—but would you be surprised to learn that women could be more vulnerable to gum disease than others are? You see, pregnant women can expect elevated progesterone levels. This increased progesterone can inflame the blood vessels in your gums, which means gum disease can become much more serious much more quickly.

Furthermore, because gum disease can affect your entire body, you could find yourself dealing with a number of problems. Once your gums are infected, they could pull back from your teeth. This will let bacteria enter your bloodstream. Sadly, this means gum disease can also affect the baby. Studies have shown that gum disease could make you more vulnerable to preterm delivery and preeclampsia.

Of course, while the periodontal disease is treatable, preventing the issue is preferable. As you may have heard, brushing and flossing your teeth is usually enough to help you avoid these problems. You should also remember to visit our dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning. Also, please schedule an appointment with us after you learn you’re pregnant.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, please don’t hesitate to give PR Cosmetic and General Dentistry a call at 253-435-0333. Similarly, if you have questions about caring for your oral health during your pregnancy in Puyallup, Washington, please feel free to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Roe, and our team are excited to receive your call soon.