Oral diseases are amongst the most common health problem experienced by Australians. Pregnant women are particularly at risk because of the hormone changes in their bacteria, in their mouth.
Poor gum health can have adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, low birth weight and pre-eclampsia.
After birth, poor maternal oral health can increase the likelihood of infants and pre-schoolers developing early childhood decay. This occurs through saliva infected with decay-causing transferral bacteria to their child.
It’s clear that treating dental issues in pregnant women improves oral health and functioning. It also will reduce their children developing early childhood dental disease.
What We Recommend At Our Winston Hills NSW Dental Office
Dr Lavery advises that pregnant women should receive a dental checkup early in the pregnancy to offer pregnancy specific counselling.
Checkups during pregnancy are vital for receiving appropriate advice regarding the importance of oral health, for both pregnant woman and their babies. This also allows for any potential problem to be diagnosed and resolved early in the pregnancy, allowing women to enjoy good oral health throughout their pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, or just had a baby contact us for an appointment today.