• September 7, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Remember that periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay are transmissible, bacterial diseases. Bacteria you harbour in your mouth will eventually be transferred to your baby and decide their future oral health. If your oral health is extremely poor you may be affecting your baby already- severe periodontal disease in expectant mothers has been linked to premature births and low birth weights.

Abscesses and infected teeth can lead to potentially life threatening complications for both you and your baby. 

Get a clean bill of health from the dentist and hygienist if you are planning a pregnancy. 

If you are already pregnant, make sure you allow your dental team to monitor your mouth closely. 

If there is need for treatment, weigh out the risks of treatment versus risk of complications if no treatment is done.

Save restorative treatment for the second trimester wherever possible, but don’t be afraid of hygienist care at any stage of pregnancy. 

Make your health, including your oral health, your priority during this time in your life. You owe it to yourself and to your family to stay healthy, fit and happy! 

Good luck and we wish you many happy moments to come!

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh
About The Author

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Catherine-Anne is a New Zealand-qualified dentist. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Sydney University and she has a broad range of experiences from working in both the public and private sector.

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