Periodontal (gum) disease appears without symptoms and can lead to bone loss and tooth loss if left untreated. It is often considered the 6th complication of diabetes and has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, cancers, kidney and lung disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Doctors now believe that gum disease may be a more reliable predictor of premature birth than smoking.
Research show that women with periodontal disease deliver prematurely at nearly double the rate of the general population. Some research suggests seven times the risk. Even symptom-free pregnant women should maintain regular office visits to monitor their oral health.
Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are the building blocks behind a healthy mouth regardless of age or gender.