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Periodontal Disease and Pregnant Diabetics


Pregnant diabetics have more gingival inflammation and deeper pockets between their teeth and gums, which are symptoms of periodontal disease, than non-diabetic pregnant women, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. These findings are significant because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that may make diabetes more difficult to control. Previous studies have shown that periodontal disease may increase women’s risk of delivering a preterm, low birth weight baby.

The study compared 13 type-1 diabetic and 20 non-diabetic women in their 20-39th week of pregnancy. “Many women experience periodontal problems, such as bleeding and swollen gums, during pregnancy, “explained Janet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., the lead researcher of the study conducted at the University of Iowa, Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine. “But the more advanced periodontal disease we observed in pregnant diabetics, who are already considered high risk for pregnancy problems, may affect blood sugar control during this critical time.”

Exacerbating the problem, periodontal disease may independently be a risk factor for preterm, low birth weight babies. Periodontal disease may trigger increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor, and this response may be amplified in diabetics. “This self-perpetuating destruction could potentially further complicate diabetic control and pregnancy outcome in diabetic subjects,” according to the study.

“This study vividly illustrates just how connected our bodies’ processes can be. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, and the infection may impact other parts of the body,” said Kenneth Bueltmann, D.D.S., president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). “Treating periodontal disease and reducing the bacteria load may benefit diabetic control as well as pregnancy outcomes.”

“Our hope is that periodontal evaluations will be routinely included in the prenatal care of pregnant diabetic women, just as ophthalmologic exams are,” said Guthmiller. The AAP recommends that all women considering pregnancy have a periodontal exam.

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

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Is There Toothpaste that Helps Treat Periodontitis?

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Perio disease is the result of acid from the bacteria in your mouth destroying the bone around your teeth. The most destructive bacteria are anaerobic (live without oxygen). There is not a mouthwash made that can get to those bacteria. Same goes for toothpaste. Remove the plaque, and the acid goes with it. Bone never grows back. Treatment is maintaining your bone level with great cleaning.

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Gum Disease is Treatable with Early Detection

Not only is gum disease treatable with early detection, it is preventable … but the choice is yours! A first step in prevention is to understand the anatomy of a healthy mouth.

Each tooth has roots and a crown shielded by protective enamel. Blood vessels and nerves called pulp distribute nutrients to the tooth through a root canal. The tooth is held snugly in its socket by roots anchored in gums and surrounded by periodontal ligament which secures the root to the bone. This ligament also helps to protect the jawbone from the forces of biting and chewing. Without it your teeth would fall out!

The gums wrap around and protect the bone that surrounds the tooth preventing food and germs from reaching the ligament, roots and the especially vulnerable underlying bone.

See the tooth anatomy video to learn more:

Saliva Can Host 100 Million Germs

A small drop of saliva can be home to 100 million germs. In a diseased mouth, that number would be closer to billions! These germs, combined with saliva and debris, form a sticky, nearly invisible layer called plaque. Without proper care, the bacteria will go below the edge of the gums and invade the deeper supporting tissues. If left untreated, this gum disease can result in tooth loss.

Watch the progression of gum disease video for more details:

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With early detection in the dental office, professional care and treatment, and proper home care, you can save thousands of dollars in costly repairs and avoid losing your teeth!

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072