Pregnancy, Infants and Oral Health
Pregnancy can bring on changes to your body and your teeth. Pregnancy may make women more prone to periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This is also called pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease. If you have moderate to severe gum disease, you may be at higher risk for delivering a pre-term, low-birth weight baby.
Dental cleanings are a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy during pregancy and pose no harm. All Illinois Medicaid insurances cover cleanings for pregnant women. Information on dental health and pregnancy can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website: https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/oral-health/fast-facts-oral-health/dental-health-pregnancy.html
For more information on Breastfeeding and Oral Health click here: https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/oral-health/fast-facts-oral-health/breastfeeding-and-oral-health.html