Studies conducted have shown that there are links between gum disease and infertility. It is found that women who had periodontitis (severe gum disease) require a few more months to become pregnant^, while men suffering from periodontitis had a lower sperm count*.
There are various stages of gum disease, a chronic, bacteria induced, inflammatory disease that attacks the gums and supporting bones. Gingivitis (initial stage) can be easily treated with the help of a Periodontist (gum specialist) and good oral hygiene. However, if left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis causes gums to separate from teeth, teeth to become loose and supporting bone to be damaged by bacteria that has infiltrated.
The inflammation is thought to spread and affect other parts of the body as well, hence the links of gum disease and other health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia and premature delivery.
Just like how other parts of our body can be affected by gum disease, it is no surprise that gum disease can affect one’s fertility. Therefore, it is recommended for couples who are trying for a baby to ensure that their dental health is not neglected.
- Visit a Periodontist for a thorough examination to ensure that one is not suffering from gum disease and routine professional cleaning to remove any hardened plaque (tartar) that cannot be brushed away by tooth brushing or flossing.
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least two times a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. More toothbrush-ing tips can be found in our infographic here.
Warning signs of gum disease includes:
- Receding gums which makes your teeth look longer than normal
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
|Suspect that you have gum disease? Make an appointment with one of our Periodontists here for a thorough checkup.
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^ “Could Periodontitis Affect Time to Conception?” (link)
* “Another reason for impeccable oral hygiene: oral hygiene-sperm count link.” (link)
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