About Mama Gums' Books
Pregnancy and Oral Health:
The critical connection between your mouth
and your baby
to seventy-five percent of pregnant women develop an acute infection in their
mouths known as pregnancy gingivitis. If left untreated, this infection can lead
to bone destruction and eventual tooth loss. It has also been linked to heart
attack, strokes, respiratory problems, diabetes, ulcers, oral cancers and other
serious systemic illnesses. Not only is that a problem for the mother, but according
to the Surgeon General of the United States and the results of research studies
throughout the world, this bacterial infection is a threat to her unborn baby
as well. Periodontal disease, exacerbated by the excessive production of hormones
in preparation for motherhood, can impair the baby she carries and may cause it
to be born prematurely.
The March of Dimes says:
- Every day in the US, more than thirteen hundred babies arrive
- That number represents 1 in 8 births
that is premature.
- As of 2001, that figure has
increased 27% in the last twenty years.
- Each year,
100,000 children develop health problems because of their early births.
- Prematurity is the leading cause of death in the first
Your doctor and your dentist are probably not
telling you these important facts. Perhaps it is because most of them are still
learning about the grave effects of gum infections on you and your baby.
and Oral Health is an invaluable aid to all women, who deserve to have
the healthiest pregnancy possible. It is an easy, three step program, which takes
just ten minutes a day toward a healthy mouth and a healthy baby. It will teach
you how to get in control of your mouth and stay in control long after your baby
is born. It will reduce your risks for numerous life-threatening illnesses and
enable you to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.