Dr. Laura K. Geiger, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana discusses how pregnancy can affect the health of your teeth and gums.

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This is Laura Geiger from Southeast Family Dental and today we are talking about pregnancy and dental health. If you have just found out you are pregnant, congratulations! It is a very exciting time and there are many things to plan and organize. While it can be a busy time, it is not the time to forget about the health of your gums and teeth!

Almost 50% of pregnant women will have the start of, or increased, inflammation in their gums during pregnancy. This is caused by the increase in hormones the body makes while you’re pregnant. If you notice your gums are more red or are bleeding more often, it is important to contact your dentist. Usually it can be as easy as having a dental cleaning done and showing you techniques to keep your gums and teeth as healthy as possible.

Preventing gum disease is essential to yours and your baby’s health during this time. In fact, 18% of premature births have been linked to gum disease. So please be vigilant of brushing, flossing and noting any changes in your gums.

If you are concerned about having dental work done, consult with your dentist who can and will be in contact with your medical doctor if anything beyond a cleaning is needed. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office at 317-359-8000. This is Laura Geiger with Southeast Family Dental and remember, we can make you smile!