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At 35.4 weeks can a low grade gum infection harm my baby besides pre term labor?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes- brush up!

Even a "low grade" infection can be harmful, as your immune system is supressed during pregnancy.
So a little infection can turn into a big one. If the bacteria get into your bloodstream, infection can spread, including into the baby. You most likely don't need antibiotics, but you need to big-time improve your oral care, rinse with an antibacterial mouth wash, floss. If worse, let doctor know.

In brief: Yes- brush up!

Even a "low grade" infection can be harmful, as your immune system is supressed during pregnancy.
So a little infection can turn into a big one. If the bacteria get into your bloodstream, infection can spread, including into the baby. You most likely don't need antibiotics, but you need to big-time improve your oral care, rinse with an antibacterial mouth wash, floss. If worse, let doctor know.
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