We have long known that there has been a relationship of inflammation in the mouth to heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and pre-term and low weight babies. Recently there was a very sad report of a stillborn child that was infected by the pathogenic bacteria from the mother’s pregnancy gingivitis. This was one of the first documented cases of the harmful bacteria getting into the mother’s bloodstream and crossing the placental barrier.
The importance of healthy teeth and gums with no inflammation is clearer than ever. Oral health is a collaboration of the dentist and hygienist and excellent home care by the patient. To read more about this sad case please go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34979552/ns/health-pregnancy/?gt1=43001/from/ET.
Be true to your gums and teeth or they will be false to you. And only floss the teeth you want to keep for a lifetime!
–Dr. Chris Edwards