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New Recommendation For Pregnant Women - Aug. 29, 2013

When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the health of both herself and her baby.  But there’s more to it than just eating right.

New recommendations just released from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain periodontal health as well.  Research shows that women with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, may be at risk of giving birth to pre-term or low-birth weight babies.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory condition that attacks the gum tissue and in more severe cases, the bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

"Tenderness, redness, or swollen gums are a few indications of periodontal disease," warns Dr. Nancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the AAP and a practicing periodontist in Independence, Missouri. "Other symptoms include gums that bleed with tooth brushing or eating, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, bad breath, and loose teeth. These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional."

Regular hygiene cleanings in a dental office help keep teeth healthy, so you can avoid periodontal disease and the dangers that go along with them.


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