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If you are expecting a baby soon, you know that your life is about to change forever. As an expecting mom, you know that your body is changing to prepare for your little one. However, did you know that your gums and teeth change with the rest of your body?

Similarly, did you know that pregnant women have an increased level of the hormone progesterone? This means that the blood vessels in their gums can easily become inflamed? Sadly, this means that gum disease can become worse much faster for pregnant women than it would otherwise. Unfortunately, gum disease can also cause more severe issues for pregnant women and their unborn children.

Did you know that gum disease can affect your entire body? Once your mouth becomes infected, this infection will also have an easier time getting into your bloodstream, allowing it to travel throughout your body. Unfortunately, it can also affect your little one. In fact, many studies have linked periodontal disease, the last stage of gum disease, to preterm labor and high blood pressure, causing pre-eclampsia.

While gum disease can be treated, preventing it is a much better option for you. You can typically avoid gum disease by brushing and flossing your teeth on a consistent basis. You should also remember to visit our dentist regularly for a checkup, which gives us a chance to monitor your dental health. If you do happen to have gum disease, our team will be able to remove the plaque and tartar that is causing your gum disease. We’ll also help you fight any infections you may have.

If you would like to hear more about caring for your teeth while you’re pregnant in Chelsea, Michigan, please don’t hesitate to give Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea a call at 734-475-8911. Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, and our team will evaluate your teeth and help you keep your mouth healthy. We look forward to meeting with you soon.