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Why Pregnant Women Are Prone to Oral Health Problems

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You already know that your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. But did you know that the hormonal changes can also affect your oral health?

It is very common for women to experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. You may have heard the old saying, “A tooth lost for every child.” While it may sound like an outdated old wives’ tale, it actually has some basis in fact.

How Pregnancy Affects Teeth and Gums

‘Pregnancy Gingivitis’ affects about half of all women who become pregnant. This condition can cause redness, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. A more serious condition, periodontal disease (a serious gum infection), may affect your baby’s ...

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3 Tips for Cutting Back on How Much Sugar You Drink

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For decades, dentists and public health officials have tried to spread the word about sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and how damaging they can be to your oral health. Drinking these beverages is not just bad for your teeth, but frequent consumption is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Fortunately, it appears that the message is being received!

A recent survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the Obesity research journal. Data was collected from adults and children, and the results found that the consumption of SSBs declined dramatically between 2003 and 2014.

This is clearly great news because minimizing intake of sugar-sweetened ...

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Before You Take Your Next Sip, Read This!

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If you are health-conscious, you probably take the time to learn which foods are most beneficial and which you should avoid.

But we have learned from significant research that what happens in your mouth has an impact on your body. When you have frequent decay or infection in your mouth, you increase your risk of heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, and pregnancy complications.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

If you want a completely healthy body, you first need to be proactive with your oral health by brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist for semi-annual visits. Then pay close attention to the foods and drinks you consume and how they affect your oral ...

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