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Pregnancy Gingivitis

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Pregnancy is a miraculous event, whether it is a woman’s first pregnancy or her fourth. It is a time in life where drastic changes occur over a very short span of time. Of course, if you are the one pregnant those nine months can feel like “forever.” Yet in reality, nine months is a short span of time to conceive, develop, and give life to a brand new human! During those nine months, a lot more happens that just a growing abdomen. The entire blood supply must double in order to supply the baby with nutrients while also keeping the mother’s body functioning, the respiratory system rises to accommodate the increased demand for oxygen, the breasts grow and change for lactation, and hormone levels rise and shift drastically. These changes, along with all of the development of a baby are truly phenomenal. Of these changes, one of the most significant is the fluctuation of hormones. Changes in hormones can have an effect on an expectant mother’s oral health and cause serious complications.

Gum disease during pregnancy can pose life-threatening risks to a mother and her growing baby. “Pregnancy gingivitis” affects approximately 40% of expectant mothers, causing red, swollen, tender gums that are irritated and lower the mouth’s immunity.

Inside every mouth are millions of bacteria – and if that piece of information does not encourage you to floss and brush more often, nothing will! These bacteria are present to help break down particles left behind inside the mouth after eating and drinking. While these bacteria mean to be “helpful,” bacteria are notorious for being linked to infections. If the gum tissues are irritated and infected by pregnancy gingivitis, the infection can easily pass into the blood stream and travel to the uterus. If bacteria from infection cross through to the placenta, severe consequences can occur.

Research has proven a direct link between gum disease and the following pregnancy complications:

  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm labor
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Stillbirth

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we encourage expectant mothers to make their oral health a priority. Our practice offers safe and comprehensive dentistry services. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to keep you and your growing baby safe.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Green Dental of Alexandria - Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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