You have probably heard it said that your oral health plays a significant role in determining your overall health. Indeed dental issues can adversely affect your health and interfere with your ability to sleep, work, focus, or even chew and eat properly.
Your current dental health consequently reflects your overall health and well-being. One of the leading dental issues that affect millions of people globally is gum disease.
Gum disease initially begins as gingivitis, which can often go unnoticed unless caught by a dentist in good time. More often than not, individuals suffering from gingivitis will not notice this dental issue until it begins to morph into a severe oral condition, periodontitis.
Periodontal disease can cause detrimental dental issues such as tooth loss and nerve damage and requires extensive treatment procedures to eradicate.
In women, gum disease, however, has a negative effect not only on their dental health but also their ovulation and fertility. Let’s take a look at how gum diseases and conditions can negatively affect ovulation and conception in women.
Gingivitis is a periodontal disease which is the precursor for gum disease. Gingivitis is usually indicated by gum inflammation and is brought about by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Bacteria, saliva, and food debris combine to form the sticky film known as plaque.
The bacteria that are responsible for causing periodontitis can find their way into your bloodstream, causing the infection to spread further and thus can interfere with your ovulation cycle and, in turn, affect your fertility.
Gum disease is known to have adverse effects on the health of both the mother and child during pregnancy. It can cause premature birth or lower than the expected weight in children while putting the mother at risk of suffering from preeclampsia.
Periodontal diseases have been shown to have a negative effect on fertility in women as much as other factors such as obesity, smoking, or aging. It is therefore advisable to get checked for any sign of gingivitis or gum disease, especially if you are trying for a baby or are already pregnant.