Poor Oral Health Can Affect Your Pregnancy
Expectant mothers with severe periodontal disease have been found to be at greater risk of delivering pre-term, low weight babies… according to a number of scientific studies.
Scientists believe there is a link between the bacteria originating in a women’s infected gums and the delivery of her child.
When your gums become infected with periodontal disease, toxins from the bacteria not only infect a women’s gums, but also attack the bones and ligaments that also surround the teeth. The mouth area now becomes a doorway for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and create reactions within the bodies immune system.
When infection is present, one of the body’s reactions is to produce more prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are made by a chemical reaction as part of the body’s way of dealing with injury and illness.
The prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labour.
If your body is producing extra prostaglandins in response to an infection in your gums, it is possible that your body might interpret this as a signal to go into labor, and you could deliver your baby pre-term.