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Can Poor Gum Care Lead to Infertility?


Have you ever thought about how your oral hygiene could affect your ability to conceive? Experts state poor gum care could be a factor of infertility. It delays the conception process for women and could result in low birth weight babies. If you’re in the process of starting a family, make good oral hygiene one of your priorities.

Poor Gum Care Could Lead to Infertility

What exactly does poor gum care affect when it comes to infertility? Like obesity, poor oral health is just as influential in delaying conception practices. In some cases, conceptional delays can extend up to two months. Medical experts discovered evidence that links women with gum disease to having difficulty conceiving a child. In some cases, these delays took over seven months as opposed to the average five months.

Gum inflammation, which is a sign of gum disease, causes this delay. It’s characterized by swelling, bleeding, and receding or painful gums surrounding the teeth. If a dentist does not check tooth inflammation, you run the risk of damaging other areas of the body as well.

Doesn’t just affect women

Poor gum care affects both women and men trying to conceive. Subnormal sperm count has been found in men with gum disease. It can also result in erectile dysfunction. Men with periodontal disease are three times more likely to suffer from erectile problems. 80% of those who have erectile dysfunction have suffered from chronic periodontitis.

How to Prevent Gum Disease from Leading to Infertility

Poor oral habits, such as not caring for bleeding gums, can allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to get into the bloodstream. Avoid a long conception process by taking care of your oral hygiene. You can easily prevent periodontal disease with simple daily oral hygiene techniques.

Brush, brush, brush

Maintaining a great oral hygiene routine can help combat poor gum care and other periodontal diseases. Your dentist recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day: once in the morning and once at night.

Flossing in between

The food you eat during the day stays in between your teeth and may not come out with just brushing. Use your flossing technique of choice to remove the food your toothbrush missed. Flossing daily maintains your oral health and keeps your mouth clear of bacteria growth caused by food particles left behind.

Plan dental visits

Visiting your dentist for a semi-annual and annual check-up is a great way to keep your oral care in check. Your dentist will see how your gums are doing and help you with your oral care. Plan your dental visits, so you can avoid gum disease and possible infertility.

Preventative Dentistry from Cabrillo Family Dental Care

See a baby in your future? Add preventative dentistry to your priorities to keep up on good oral health and prevent any complications when conceiving. Schedule your dental check-up with us today!