Gum Disease Makes it Hard to Conceive
New research has found that women with healthy gums and teeth conceive up to two months faster than those with gum disease.
Poor oral hygiene and gum disease could significantly delay the chances of conceiving, according to fertility specialists. The study showed that women whose teeth were in a bad condition took on average seven months to conceive. Women who flossed and brushed their teeth as recommended took only five months.
Flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day helps to remove plaque from the teeth and gums. When the amount of plaque builds up in your mouth it can lead to gum disease. You may experience bleeding gums and smelly breath, and if untreated it can lead to loss of teeth, receding gums and cavities.
The link between gum disease and fertility is not yet clear but it is thought that infected gums may release inflammatory chemicals which cause the lining of the womb to swell. This would make it difficult for the egg to implant in the womb wall.
There is also evidence that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to miscarry, or have a stillbirth or premature birth.
If you are trying for a baby you should visit your dentist to make sure your gums and teeth are in a good condition. Gum disease is usually easily treatable.
July 7 2011