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How does periodontal disease affect pregnancy?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
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In brief: Oral-Systemic Link

Simply put: periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen, bleeding gums.
The bacteria enter the bloodstream here and can cross he placenta. Preterm delivery and/or low birth weight have been reported. See your dentist, &develop perfect home care . Consider perio protect.

In brief: Oral-Systemic Link

Simply put: periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen, bleeding gums.
The bacteria enter the bloodstream here and can cross he placenta. Preterm delivery and/or low birth weight have been reported. See your dentist, &develop perfect home care . Consider perio protect.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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In brief: Be Cautious

Severe periodontal disease can put you at risk of having a premature birth/delivery.
On the other hand, pregnancy can lower your resistance to periodontal disease. Make sure you stay with good dental cleanings and are brushing/flossing daily. If you are not yet pregnant, have any areas that need treatment treated before you get pregnant.

In brief: Be Cautious

Severe periodontal disease can put you at risk of having a premature birth/delivery.
On the other hand, pregnancy can lower your resistance to periodontal disease. Make sure you stay with good dental cleanings and are brushing/flossing daily. If you are not yet pregnant, have any areas that need treatment treated before you get pregnant.
Dr. David Schneider
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

The severity of the periodontal problem may affect pregnancy.
Early periodontal disease that is readily and easily treated would not be as much of a factor. A more severe periodontal problem, such as an abscess requiring more aggressive treatment with antibiotics, and/or extraction of a tooth could definitely affect a pregnant patient.

In brief: Depends

The severity of the periodontal problem may affect pregnancy.
Early periodontal disease that is readily and easily treated would not be as much of a factor. A more severe periodontal problem, such as an abscess requiring more aggressive treatment with antibiotics, and/or extraction of a tooth could definitely affect a pregnant patient.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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