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When you decide it’s time to grow your family, you’re in for an exciting adventure filled with many emotions. Bringing a new life into this world is a beautiful thing, and while you and your partner have taken the necessary steps to prepare, there is one thing that’s often overlooked when couples are trying to conceive. Dental care. You and your partner’s dental health can play a big role in fertility, especially if you are suffering from gum disease. I have been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years and have helped many couples with their dental health so that they can be as healthy as possible for conceiving a child. This post talks about how gum disease can affect your fertility and steps to take in preventing oral issues.
Overview of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a bacterial infection in your mouth that causes inflamed gums. Early symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums, and bleeding during brushing. If gingivitis is left untreated, symptoms can become more severe and cause receding gums or loose teeth. While this disease can be prevented, it’s common amongst adults and is caused by poor oral hygiene habits. However, other factors can cause the disease as well such as prescription medication, illness, and hormone changes.
Gum disease can have an effect on you and your partner’s fertility and may lower your chances of conceiving. If you think you may have gum disease, it’s important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible and discuss treatment plans.
How Gum Disease Affects Fertility
You may be wondering how gum disease affects your fertility while trying to conceive a child. Women who suffer from gum disease may take up to seven months or more to conceive, while women who don’t have the disease conceive in about five months. This goes for men as well. Men with poor oral health are more likely to face male factor infertility due to the elevated levels of bacteria in the mouth.
If you and your partner are trying to conceive, ask your dentist for a review of your gum health. That way they can see if you are at greater risk for developing gingivitis. It’s important that you and your partner’s mouths are healthy as possible, so it doesn’t affect your fertility and you have a better chance of conceiving.
Working towards preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your mouth healthy so it doesn’t affect your chances of conceiving. You should continue practicing a good dental care routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Other ways to help prevent the disease are reducing stress, maintaining a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, and avoiding grinding your teeth.
Even if you do take the proper measures to help prevent gum disease, you still may be susceptible to the disease. If so, your dentist or periodontist may recommend more frequent check-ups, cleanings, and treatments to better manage the condition.
When you and your partner decide that you want to grow your family, it’s a really special time. However, there are outside factors that you may not be considering that are affecting your fertility. One of those factors is your oral health and gum disease. If you or your partner suffer from gingivitis, it can take you longer to conceive. Working to prevent the disease and seeking treatment will put you on the path towards conceiving quicker so you can bring a new life into this world.