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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease and Pregnancy: Preventive Dentistry in San Diego

April 10, 2014

Shutterstock Perio PregnancyMost people know that gum disease can lead to a variety of dental problems, including bleeding gums, redness, inflammation, and even eventual tooth loss when left untreated. What isn’t common knowledge, however, is how much periodontal disease can affect other areas of the body, particularly in pregnant women. Fortunately, this common disease is relatively easily avoided with routine visits to Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. Our comprehensive array of preventive and general dentistry services keep your mouth (and your baby) healthy.

Connection Between Gum Disease & Pregnancy

When a woman’s gums are infected, the bacteria there can travel throughout the rest of the body, wreaking havoc on other tissues in a way that isn’t necessarily outwardly noticeable. This bacteria, which is also responsible for the buildup of tartar on the teeth, can cause the uterus to produce excessive amounts of hormonal chemicals known prostaglandins. These are believed to be capable of inducing premature labor, a complication that can be life-threatening for a baby.

Preventing periodontal disease prior to becoming pregnant doesn’t have to be a challenge. Simply follow good oral hygiene habits – including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once per day – and visit your local Scripps Range family dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or are currently expecting, the team at Mod Squad Dental is here to help you achieve optimal oral health for a bright future for both you and your child. Do you have questions about the various ways your dental health affects your pregnancy and your overall well-being? Our team of experienced specialists is always happy to address any concerns you may have and help you develop a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

Schedule Your First 2014 Appointment with Dr. Friedman

January 3, 2014

preventive dentistryYou know preventive dentistry is important, but do you know how often you should see a dentist for regular care? At Mod Squad Dental in Scripps Ranch, we recommend that our patients see Dr. Friedman twice in a 12-month period.

Why so often? Because preventive dentistry works best when care is delivered on a regular basis.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

A preventive dentistry appointment involves two important things: an oral exam and a professional dental cleaning. With both of these, Dr. Friedman and his Scripps Ranch team can help you keep bacteria and plaque in check.

Two of the most common oral health problems—tooth decay and gum disease—are linked to high amounts of bacteria and plaque in the mouth. A professional dental cleaning will help you remove both from above and below the gum line. Plus, with an oral exam, Dr. Friedman can watch for anything that might need to be treated.

Gum disease in particular needs to be treated as quickly as possible. Not only is it a common condition, it’s also the most common cause of tooth loss in adults, and in some studies it’s been linked to other kinds of health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. You can prevent or minimize problems with gum disease by seeing Dr. Friedman on a regular basis.

Are you ready to schedule your first 2014 appointment with Dr. Friedman? Call Mod Squad Dental today. Our office serves patients from Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Penasquitas.