Flossing for Fertility
Have you been trying to get pregnant with no result? Visit your dentist to make sure oral health issues aren't causing problems with your fertility. Oral issues may harm your fertility as much as obesity can. In a study of nearly 2,000 women, those with gum disease took an average of two months longer to conceive than those with healthy mouths.
However, that's not the only danger: "An overgrowth of oral bacteria could set off an inflammatory repsonse in tisssues throughout the body, increasing the risk for miscarriage and premature birth," says study author Roger Hart, M.D.
If you have ever been pregnant you may have experienced "pregnancy gingivitis" a condition where the gums swell and bleed more during pregancy. It is important to make sure you brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist to make sure that more severe gum problems won't keep you from having the healthiest pregnancy, delivery and child!