Pregnancy and Periodontal Disease
When a woman is pregnant, any infection in her body can affect the fetus. Periodontal disease in the gums can expose the fetus to a number of significant health risks which are exacerbated if the mother has another condition, such as diabetes.
Periodontal disease is a nasty infection in the mouth, caused by a build up of toxins and other contaminants deep inside the gums. The toxins and contaminants are a breeding ground for the Spirochetes bacterium which in turn degenerates the jawbone and destroys the ligaments that hold the teeth in place as well as the gums themselves. The bacterium are transported through the bloodstream to other parts of the body where it can cause some major damage.
Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy
When a woman is pregnant, there are a number of hormonal changes that affect her body. This increases the risk of developing periodontal diseases. If a woman already has the disease, the process of bodily destruction may speed up. The result is Spirochetes bacterium can increase throughout the body as levels of periodontal disease increase. This can cause significant pre-natal and post-natal problems such as:
• Prostaglandin – There is medical evidence that the effects of periodontal disease can increase levels of prostaglandin; is a labor-inducing compound. Having high levels can induce premature labor. If born too early, serious medical conditions occur in the newborn baby.
• C – reactive protein (CRP) – Periodontal disease can cause the liver to produce elevated levels of CRP. The result is high blood pressure in the mother, as well as pre-mature birth. In addition, the CRP can cause blood clotting and inflamed arteries in the mother, which can be severe for the fetus.
• Bacterial Spread –Spirochetes bacterium from periodontal disease spreads through the body. It is a causal factor in a number of other medical conditions. Diabetes, heart disease and strokes, arthritis, and chronic joint inflammation are a few of those medical conditions. Any time a woman is pregnant, every adverse medical condition always puts the fetus at risk.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Periodontal disease is the specialty of Dr. William S. Neale, a dental specialist in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dr. Neale has three years of additional training, beyond regular dentistry. This means he is able to adequately identify and treat periodontal disease. Don’t take a chance with your mouth and your baby. You may not know you have periodontal disease. Visit Dr. William S. Neale today to check the condition of your mouth to see if you have periodontal disease.
Dr. Neale uses non-invasive methods for his periodontal dental examination. Most treatments can be done from the comfort of his office. There will be no harm to your baby.
Get your teeth checked today. You and your baby are worth it. Dr. Neale has a great introductory examination price. Call Dr. Neal’s office today at (940) 322-0758.
Don’t delay. Contact Dr. William S. Neale today to have your mouth checked out for the periodontal disease, to protect your baby, and to make your smile sparkle.