Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Increased risk of gum disease during pregnancy

The Australian Dental Association is putting women at the forefront of Dental Health Week 2016, encouraging those seeking information on how to protect their teeth and gums during periods of hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, to visit www.dentalhealthweek.com.au 

This follows an ADA survey finding that Victorian mothers, despite being at increased risk of gum disease and permanent tooth damage, are jeopardising the health of their teeth and gums by avoiding a visit to the dentist during pregnancy.

The survey, released during Dental Health Week (1 – 7 August), sought the views of women at different stages in their life. ADA says the survey shows that it’s crucial for women to consult their dentist during pregnancy, as hormone changes can make gums more prone to bleeding, swelling and inflammation – which can lead to an increased risk of gum disease resulting in tooth loss.