Research has shown that periodontal disease in expectant mothers may expose their unborn children to significant risks, especially if they also suffer from diabetes.
A woman’s body is already undergoing many hormonal changes, which increases the chances of the mother developing gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gum tissue, as well as periodontal disease. These oral issues have been linked to low birth weight and premature birth.
If you are an expectant mother and you live in Howard, Shawano, De Pere, Seymour, or Pulaski, and you wonder if you suffer from periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Brusky today.
The Connection Explained
Periodontal disease can affect the mother and her unborn children in a variety of ways. Prostaglandin is a labor-inducing compound found in oral bacteria strains, and this chemical can be elevated in pregnant mothers with gum disease.
C-reactive protein (CRP) has been previously linked to heart disease, and now adverse pregnancy outcomes. Low birth weight and premature birth can both be caused by periodontal disease. Bacteria can even be spread through the bloodstream, affecting various part of the body. In pregnant women, bacteria have been found to colonize in the mammary glands and coronary arteries.
Proper Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Brusky has a number of safe and non-surgical treatments for helping pregnant women stave off periodontal infection. The progression of the disease must be halted to increase the chances of a successful, safe, and healthy delivery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brusky, call (920) 662-1440 or use the handy form on the right to schedule an appointment.