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If you’ve ever been pregnant, or have ever known someone who is pregnant, you know there are a number of things you’ll need to prepare for your little one. However, would you be surprised to learn that you’ll need to do several things for your oral health to stay healthy? Furthermore, would you surprised to hear that your oral health will also change?

For example, had you heard that gum disease is a major problem? While this is true, did you know that pregnant women might be more vulnerable to gum disease than others are? You see, pregnant women can expect elevated progesterone levels, which may lead to inflamed blood vessels in your gums. Sadly, this means gum disease can become more serious more quickly.

Similarly, because gum disease affects your entire body, you could actually find yourself dealing with a number of medical issues. For example, once your gums are infected, your gums can separate from your teeth. This will let bad bacteria enter your bloodstream which can go anywhere. Sadly, this means gum disease or infections can also affect your unborn baby. Furthermore, studies have shown that periodontal disease could make you more vulnerable to conditions such as preterm delivery and preeclampsia.

Periodontal disease is treatable, however preventing this issue is more preferable and simple. As you may know, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is usually enough to help you avoid and even fix these problems. If the disease is severe enough you should also remember to visit our dentist for a deep cleaning. Also, please schedule an appointment with us after you learn you’re pregnant, so we can help with any issues that may arise.

If you’d like to learn more about the dental care you can receive from our team, please don’t hesitate to give Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. a call at 818-558-4332. Similarly, if you have concerns about caring for your oral health during pregnancy in Burbank, California, please feel free to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, and our team are excited to hear from you soon.