Dental Hygiene And Getting Pregnant

Dental Hygiene and Getting Pregnant

It's a given that good oral hygiene makes you more kissable - but that's not the only reason why it improves your chances of conceiving!!

Research has shown that dental health can actually impact how long it takes to conceive - and this affects both men and women.

There are a number of reasons why periodontal disease and/or gingivitis can cause a decrease in fertility. Cavities, tooth infections, and gum disease all involve high levels of bacterial growth in the mouth. Elevated levels of bacteria in the mouth can lead to increased levels of bacteria in other areas of the body, resulting in an undesirable environment for conception to take place.

When your body is fighting an infection (and tooth decay is an infection!), it is possible for your body’s immunological response to go into overdrive.

While this infection may be concentrated in the mouth, it can still result in increased inflammation throughout the body. This can cause the immune system to attack healthy, non-threatening cells. In the case of men, this unfortunately may mean the attacking of developing sperm cells!

During #pregnancy, poor oral health is associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm #labor, and having a low birth weight baby. This means that you don't just need to ensure that your teeth and gums are #healthy in order to conceive a #baby in the first place - it may also affect your child once you DO conceive.

If you are #TTC and are due for a dental check up (and even if you're not!) it's definitely wise to make an appointment and see what your oral health may have to say about it.

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