Not Seeing Your Dentist Could Be Dangerous For Your Baby

Pregnancy and teeth have an important relationship. A recent research done by Western Reserve University of Dental Medicine determined that the death of a fetus in uterus occurred because of pregnancy-associated gum disease. How is it that a mother's oral health has the potential to affect her unborn infant's health? It all has to do with the bacteria and inflammation in the mothers mouth that get’s into the bloodstream and travels to the amniotic fluid where the baby then swallows this bacteria. The baby can then get an infection from this bacteria. This low grade inflammatory response to bacteria can cause pre-term labor, low birth weight, preeclampsia, developmental complications, asthma, ear infections, birth abnormalties, and behavoiral difficulties. 60 - 70 percent of all pregnant women will get gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy due to increased hormone levels that cause a over-reactive inflammatory response of the gum tissues to [...]