Gum Disease and Pregnancy

In recognition of National Women’s Health week that begins May 14, I encourage all readers to view the 3 minute attached video. Kim Miller has recorded a highly informative video on pregnancy and periodontal disease. Among the central points in this discussion is that healthy gums do not bleed. Kim makes the point that periodontal bacteria can enter the mother’s bloodstream, cross the placental barrier and potentially have an adverse effect on the developing fetus. There is also a recommendation to have bacterial testing to identify the presence or absence of periodontal pathogens, providing important information for pregnant women.

Kim provides a considerable amount of information in a concise, lively manner. Her main points are conveyed clearly and sincerely. I highly recommend you view the video and tell your colleagues as well. It will be well worth the your time!

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Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
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