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Why does pregnancy increase risk of oral health problems?

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Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase your risk for developing oral health problems like gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (gum disease). As a result of varying hormone levels, 40% of women will develop gingivitis sometime during their pregnancy -- a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

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