Thursday, January 31, 2008

Successful Smiles Podcast: Pregnancy and Oral Health

Dr. Helaine Smith's Successful Smiles \ healthcast #7

This is the second episode in a series that explores the connection between your oral health and sexual health.

In this episode, I discuss the connection between oral health and pregnancy.

Did you know that infections are thought to account for between 30 and 50 percent of all premature deliveries -- including gum infections such as gingivitis and periodontal disease?

And, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to deliver their babies prematurely or deliver babies that are too small.

In this podcast you'll learn why:

  • It's important to have a dental exam before you get pregant and during the first trimester.

  • You should consider being tested for HPV and throat cancer.

  • Eating healthy foods is good for your baby -- and for your smile.

Send any questions about dental health, or suggestions for future podcasts, to

1 comment:

pregnancy said...

This is with regard to oral health and pregnancy. In my view its important to have a dental exam before you get pregnant. I recommend every pregnant women must take it rest as a priority and consult a physician as required to do so.