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If you’re pregnant—especially if you’re pregnant for the first time—you may be both excited and nervous. You probably understand that there are several things you’ll need to do to get ready. You also know that your body will change to accommodate your little one, but did you know that your mouth will change as well?

For example, you’ll have more fluid in your body while you’re pregnant, which can lead to problems in your oral cavity. Your hormones can also be elevated, which can cause swelling in your gums. Sadly, this leaves pregnant women more vulnerable to gingivitis. If your gingivitis isn’t treated, it could become worse and ultimately lead to a number of serious problems.

You see, once your gums are infected, your entire body can suffer a number of consequences. Sadly, if you have gum disease, bad bacteria can enter your bloodstream more easily. While this is always an issue, as it can lead to heart disease, gum disease, and high blood pressure, pregnant women could also be at risk for preeclampsia and preterm delivery.

If you’re interested in setting up an appointment with Dr. Gary K. Walden, or are hoping to learn more about caring for your teeth while you’re pregnant, please don’t hesitate to contact Family Dental Care at 270.282.0909. We’ll be glad to inspect your pearly whites, to offer you specific advice, and to help your smile stay healthy and strong. We look forward to hearing from you soon.