Tobin Dental News

The Gum Disease/Preterm Birth Link

added on: December 19, 2012 | By: Dr. Nancy Tobin

While research has already established a link between periodontal (gum) disease in pregnant women and an increased risk of giving birth to babies of low birth weight prematurely, a new study provides additional news on the link between gum disease and premature birth. According to researchers, pregnant women who undergo successful treatment are less likely to give birth early. This finding is based on a study of nearly 900 pregnant women, with and without gum disease, who were pregnant for between six and twenty weeks. This study provides a good argument for women to incorporate dentists into their healthcare team. Maintaining good oral health before and during pregnancy is in the best interests of both mother and child.

Swollen, red and tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush can be a sign of pregnancy gingivitis, and they’re a common complaint during pregnancy. We believe in the importance of regular dental health care. We encourage children and adults to start and continue a healthy habit of regular dental checkups so their smiles will last a lifetime. Our motivated, quality oriented staff wants you and your family to look and feel the very best. Please call us today to schedule an appointment. We provide comprehensive care, prevention, and maintenance for a lifetime of smiles. Our welcoming and modern office focuses on each individual patient, attention to detail, and a passion for excellence. We offer a complete selection of procedures, from simple whitening to total smile makeovers. We can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show.