Could periodontal disease delay your ability to become pregnant? In fact, periodontal disease can delay the time it takes to conceive by two months on average, according to the results of a medical study conducted in western Australia on a group of 3,416 pregnant women.
It took women with gum disease just over seven months to become pregnant, compared to an average five months for counterparts with healthy gums. In addition, for non-white women included in the study, the length of time increased to a year. The study controlled for confounding factors such as smoking and body weight. Researchers believe that the relationship between gum disease and the ability to become pregnant is caused by inflammation caused by oral bacteria. This bacteria may have an effect on the reproductive system.
This study signifies the first time that gum disease has been identified as a factor that affects the chance of pregnancy. The doctors who conducted the study did caution that dental hygiene was only one part of the healthy lifestyle needed to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. This includes limiting alcohol and tobacco use and maintaining a healthy weight. If a patient has gum disease she should have it treated immediately. Periodontal disease has also been associated with miscarriage and premature birth.
Periodontal disease can be easily treated and prevented. Patients should brush and floss twice a day. In addition, they should have regular dental screenings and professional cleanings. Regular screenings with give your dentist the opportunity to find gum disease in its early stages and treat it before it progresses.
If you are interested in learning more about gum disease, symptoms, and treatment options, the periodontists at Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are available to meet with you. Contact their Miami office for a consultation today at 305-447-1447.