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Many women know that any type of infection or illness during pregnancy may raise health concerns for both them and their babies. However, some mothers-to-be may not realize that what goes on in their mouths can also affect their well-being.
In a recent article published by Fox-10 News, dentist Kerri Bowie offered some insights on dental care for pregnant women.
"Because of the hormonal changes in the body, you can have pregnancy gingivitis. And if it's not treated, it can develop into periodontitis, and that can lead to premature births and low birthweights," she said, quoted by the news source.
The expert told the news provider that women who experience symptoms such as tender, swollen or bleeding gums should consider making an appointment with their dentist since this may be a sign of serious oral health problems. She noted that these issues often occur during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Bowie added that pregnant women may qualify for dental insurance or reduced treatment costs.
A study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 70 percent of pregnant women visited a dentist within the previous year.
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