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Gum Disease and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know About the Connection

Pregnancy is a simultaneously wondrous and demanding time in a woman’s life; physical and emotional changes, as well as preparing for the arrival of the new little bundle, can make it difficult to keep up with the everyday rush of life. It is during this critical period, however, that a woman must make sure that she’s not skimping on her oral health. Research shows that pregnant women are not only more likely to develop gum disease, but that periodontal disease can negatively affect the baby she carries. Dr. Paul Caputo in Naperville, IL wants his patients to know and understand the risks of gum disease as well as how to prevent it.

A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that women who have periodontal disease during pregnancy are 7.5 times more likely to deliver prematurely (or before 37 weeks of gestation).

According to the National Institutes of Health, preterm birth is one of America’s leading causes of newborn illness and death. Treating periodontal disease before a woman becomes pregnant is highly preferable, but treatment that begins during the early stages of pregnancy can also drastically reduce the risk of complications.

Whether you’re currently expecting, may become pregnant in the future or love someone who is, the importance of periodontal treatment during pregnancy affects us all in one way or another. Contact Dr. Caputo for more information on how gum disease is managed and how proper treatment may even save a baby’s life. We happily welcome patients from Naperville, Plainfield, Romeoville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and the surrounding areas.

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