Pregnancy and Periodontal DIsease;Phoenix Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

At our Glendale dental office our professional hygiene staff is passionate about providing the very best in preventive dentistry for our Phoenix and Peoria patients.  Part of that passion is keeping up with the latest in medical literature which continues to link oral bacteria to medical condiditons such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy.

 

The oral bacteria change whan a women becomes pregnant, and levels of periodontal bacteria increase.  Often during pregnancy, gum inflammation worsens due to increased levels of certain oral bacteria.  Not all but some studies show there is an increased risk of infection to both the placenta and the blood of the mother.  Either can lead to an increase in pre-term labor and lower birth weight in some cases.  Other studies have shown the long term risk for systemic health concerns in mothers with periodontal disease can lead to progression of atherosclerosis and the increased risk of venous thrombosis.

 

For a complete periodontal evaluation especially if you have a history of bleeding gums or you are pregnant, call602-978-1790.  For the finest in preventive and cosmetic dentistry, or sleep dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale visit www.DesertSmiles.com for more information.