Monday, October 20, 2008

Open wide if you're pregnant

…You’re chomping for two! Of course, you will see your obstetrician, but you should also make a dental appointment.

…Periodontal disease (PD), caused by sticky plaque that causes inflammation around teeth, can not only increase your cardiovascular and diabetes risks, but could affect your baby.

… The issue is still being studied, but preliminary research shows that women who neglect their teeth, resulting in periodontal disease (PD), may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is too small or comes too soon.

…Another study showed that women with gum disease are more than twice as likely as other women to develop preeclampsia.

…If you have or develop diabetes during your pregnancy, PD interferes with control of your blood sugar and may produce fluids that induce labor.

…Being pregnant can itself cause gum disease to get started, More than 25% of women experience more “pocketing” in their gums during pregnancy.

…HA might add that dentists today like to hand out pretty ambitious “treatment plans.” If you decide on extensive work—ask about the anesthetics you will get and question closely whether this work is really needed now.

...Also--if you are not showing--be sure to mention you are pregnant before x-rays are taken.

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