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Poor Gum Care Can Lead to Infertility

Pregnancy Issues

Gum disease can affect a patient's body in ways that you may not expect. For example, did you know that having a case of gum disease can affect your chances of having a child? Medical professionals have found that the condition known as gum disease, can reduce the chances of getting pregnant. Like obesity, poor oral health is just as influential in delaying conception practices. In some cases, delays can extend up to two months.

Medical experts have found evidence that links women that have gum disease to having difficulty conceiving a child. In some cases, these delays took over seven months as opposed to the average five months. The reason for this delay is due to the condition known as inflammation. Inflammation is the sign that patients have gum disease. This is characterized by swelling, bleeding, receding and painful gums surrounding the teeth. If tooth inflammation is unchecked, this runs a risk of damaging other areas of the body as well.

Poor oral habits can allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to get into the bloodstream, all a result of these bleeding gums. While the exact effects of how gum disease and fertility issues are connected remain unclear, infected gums are known to release inflammatory chemicals that activate the immune system, causing effects such as inflaming the lining of the womb. For that reason, such inflammation could affect the implantation of a fertilised egg.

Men also need to take care of themselves as well. In recent studies, men that have had either gingivitis (which is a mild inflammation of the gums) or conditions such as an aggressive or chronic periodontal disease, lead to either a low sperm count... or no sperm count at all.

The most common and effective solution is to simply ensure that good regular dental habits are in place. Basic dental care activities, such as brushing and flossing, go a long way. Women trying to get pregnant should get a check up by their dentist. Other measures that help to improve gum care include stopping smoking and drinking, as well as maintaining a healthy weight and supplementing the body's health by taking folic acid supplements. The ultimate solution to be effective in attempting to have a baby is to simply be in the healthiest condition possible and keep those teeth properly cared for. Around ten percent of the population is said to have some sort of severe periodontal disease.

Cabrillo Family Dental Care, based in sunny Pacifica California, can help with a wide variety of dental procedures, from pediatric dentistry, composite fillings in Pacifica, to the best sedation dentistry Pacifica dental care services has to offer. To schedule an appointment with Cabrillo Family Dental Care, give us a call at (650) 359-1646, or visit our website at