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Pregnancy and Oral Health: Dentist are REQUIRED!Pregnancy and Oral Health: Dentist are REQUIRED!



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Most pregnant women in America don't see their dentists for important oral health care nearly as often as recommended, which can cause ongoing health problems for both mother and her baby.

In fact, fully a quarter of pregnant women didn't see the dentist at all during pregnancy, and 38 percent visited the dentist just once. That's one key finding from a survey of American children's oral health, recently conducted on behalf of Delta Dental Plans Association.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about 50 percent of women get "pregnancy gingivitis," a disease that makes the gums sore and swollen. In some studies, pregnant women with gum disease have given birth to low-weight or pre-term babies, who are at risk for many serious diseases including chronic lung disease, brain injury, motor and sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and behavioral problems.

Dentists can identify gum and teeth problems during a routine checkup. Besides brushing, flossing, and chewing sugar-free gum, women should get a thorough dental exam, if they are planning to become pregnant. They also should get their teeth cleaned professionally, once they are expecting.

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