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LOW BIRTH WEIGHT AND PREMATURE BABIES

It’s been well-established that smoking, drinking, and drug use will have a negative effect on pregnancy, but what few know is that gum disease may be detrimental to the pregnancy, as well.

Studies have shown that pregnant women with gum disease have an increased risk of delivering preterm and low-weight births. As this correlation continues to be studied, it is clear that any infection — including gum disease — should be avoided by those who are pregnant.

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Gum Disease and Moms-to-Be

The entire body — mouth tissues, included — undergoes change during pregnancy. One example of this is the prevalence of gingivitis in the second or third month to the final term of pregnancy. If your gums are noticeably swollen, tender, and tend to bleed when you brush and floss, see your dentists immediately. If untreated, gingivitis can deteriorate to periodontal disease. The infection that causes this permeates the bloodstream and produces chemicals that cause premature labor.

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. While tooth loss is certainly undesirable, the other potential health risks are far more dangerous.

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312-579-0178

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111 N WABASH AVE #2103
CHICAGO IL 60602

Practice Hours

Monday.............................. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday.............................. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday.............................. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday.............................. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday.............................. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday.............................. Closed
Sunday.............................. Closed

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