Research shows that pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease may be seven times more likely to deliver a premature baby of low birth weight. What can be done to prevent this outcome? The answer is simple. If they haven’t already done so as part of their oral health maintenance strategy, women should schedule regular appointments with their dentist. These checkups, which involve professional cleanings and assessment of periodontal health, help undercover any problems and initiate treatment. Recent research also shows that expectant mothers who have gum disease are less likely to deliver their babies prematurely if they use alcohol-free mouthwash throughout their pregnancies. This appears to cut the risk of premature birth by about three-quarters.
Periodontal disease has been linked with a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
A growing body of research suggests that good oral health, including brushing and flossing daily, not only cuts down on gum disease and tooth decay, but may prevent serious health problems. We utilize all available resources and procedures to provide the dental health care our patients deserve and expect.