Young ones are taught the importance of brushing their teeth in order to achieve healthy smiles. Interestingly enough, as they reach adulthood, how well they’ve followed through on maintaining sound oral health may actually have an impact on their ability to have children of their own.
The Oral Health Link
A study performed in Western Australia has led researchers to point to a possible link between gum disease and fertility among women. It reported that from the time a woman starts trying to conceive, her chances of becoming pregnant can depend on how well she looks after her teeth and gums.
The study involved over 3400 pregnant women, and it revealed that:
- Women with gum disease took on average two months longer to conceive than women without gum disease (seven months instead of five).
- Non-Caucasian women appeared to be the group most affected: they were likely to take more than 12 months to become pregnant if they had gum disease.
- Women who want to become pregnant should brush their teeth regularly and visit their dentist to make sure their gums and teeth are healthy.
Others studies reveal that once pregnant, women are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Periodontal disease may also influence the likelihood of premature births, or babies with low birth weights. Therefore, it’s vital that you maintain good oral hygiene, including regular dental checkups throughout your pregnancy.
Share this information with anyone that’s contemplating a new addition to their family, and book your dental appointment today with Dr. Rule, your dentist in Gurnee, IL, to ensure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape.
We’re proud to be a part of promoting good oral health and happy, thriving families that love to smile!