Because of the many hormonal changes that come with pregnancy, women who are expecting often develop gum disease. It is important for pregnant women with gingivitis to see our dentist at Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for gum disease treatment. This should be done as soon as possible because evidence has shown that this condition can cause problems with the pregnancy such as preeclampsia, low birth weight, and premature birth. There are many connections between pregnancy and periodontal disease, including:

  • Prostaglandin: This compound has been found in a strain of oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease. Prostaglandin is a labor-inducing compound.
  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Periodontal disease raises the levels of this protein in the body, which has been associated with preeclampsia, premature birth, and heart disease.
  • Bacteria Spread: If the oral bacteria of gum disease enter the bloodstream, they can cause harm to other parts of the body. In pregnant women, oral bacteria have been known to colonize in the internal mammary glands and coronary arteries.

Visit Dr. John Verville for treatment if you have developed periodontal disease in Fleming Island, Florida, while you are pregnant. Studies have shown that when gum disease is treated, the risk for pregnancy problems is reduced by 50%. Even if you have not developed gum disease, it is wise to visit our dentist so he can instruct you in at-home oral hygiene care to keep you and your unborn child healthy.