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How Your Oral Health Impacts the Health of Your Unborn Baby

You take your prenatal vitamins, eat foods rich in Omega-3s, watch your mercury intake, perform light exercises daily and follow all of the other advice given to you by your OB-GYN, but are you doing everything in your power to ensure a healthy pregnancy? Most expectant mothers are unaware of how their own oral health can affect the health of their unborn babies. Periodontist Dr. Stephen Strout, DMD, MS, and the rest of our team want to honor National Women’s Health Month by bringing attention to a common yet under-addressed issue: periodontal disease and pregnancy.

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Can Dental Implants Decay Like Regular Teeth?

Losing your teeth can have far-reaching implications beyond just impacting your smile. It makes it harder to chew your food, which not only might limit your diet but it also might increase your chance of dementia and other health problems. Studies have found links between chewing issues and cognitive impairment, including an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Dental implants provide a more natural bite, which is why Dr. Strout recommends them to our patients with missing teeth.

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Gum Disease: What To Look For

The CDC estimates that more than 64 million adults in the United States have gum disease. That means nearly half of the adult population has a mild, moderate or severe form of the disease. Odds like these can be a little scary, but fortunately there are things you can do to identify the earliest symptoms of periodontal disease so you can seek prompt treatment by a periodontist.

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