Gum Disease Ups Miscarriage Odds, According To Research

by | May 17, 2016 | Health

Gum disease up your miscarriage odds, makes falling pregnant difficult and causes a bunch of health complications. And you might not even know you have it!

Is Gum Disease Affecting Your Health?

According to Peter Doubell, CEO SciVision, while you probably know that poor dental care can lead to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease (periodontal disease), there are a bunch of other severe health issue that can result from poor oral hygiene. The rotten truth (see what we did there?): if you don’t give your teeth the correct daily care, you may face more serious problems than a simple filling. And a filling in itself is no pleasure…

It Might Make it Harder to Have a Baby!

Researchers in Western Australia have discovered that women of childbearing age who have gum disease took an average of over seven months to become pregnant – two months longer than the average of five months of women without gum disease. Other research finds that pregnant women with gum disease might have higher odds of miscarriage.

Many people with gum disease don’t even know they have it. So, if you’re planning to have a baby, or you’re pregnant, get thee to a dentist – even if just for peace of mind.

The Golden Rules For Pearly Whites

Yes, yes, we heard it all in junior school… But clearly we need to hear it again: establish good hygiene habits. While regular dental exams and cleanings are important, you can play a major role in preventing gum disease every day – simply by brushing and flossing.

Also make sure that you eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and drink enough water daily, avoid drinking sugary drinks or food before bedtime and make sure you’re using the correct brushing and flossing techniques – yes, there is a right and wrong technique! Chat to your dentist or oral hygienist about the correct procedure.

Its also vital to have regular check-ups and get your teeth professionally cleaned. Don’t wait until you’re in pain before you visit the dentist!

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