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Gum Disease and Pregnancy Princeton, NJ
Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma, DDS, PhD with her staff

When a woman finds out that she is pregnant she usually has three phone calls to make: one to her mother, one to her best friend, and one to her OB/GYN. However, another name needs to be added to that list – her dentist. Many people do not realize how important it is to visit the dentist during pregnancy due to how vulnerable a pregnant woman’s mouth is to gum disease and pregnancy complications. Some women avoid visiting the dentist during pregnancy because they are worried that routine treatment could harm their growing baby, when in fact the opposite is true. What pregnant women need to understand is that leaving oral conditions untreated during pregnancy is extremely dangerous to her health and the health of her baby.

Hormonal changes are one of the most significant changes that a woman will experience during pregnancy. While the growing belly is obvious, hormonal changes occur in drastic measures in a relatively short span of just nine months. The hormones that are responsible for the development of the placenta also have an impact on the gum tissues within the mouth. With the fluctuation of hormones being at an all-time high, the gums are easily irritated, bleed easily, have a decreased immune response, and are more susceptible to infection.

The mouth is home to millions of bacteria each day. These bacteria are present to “help” your mouth with the breakdown of food particles and sugars, yet they go about “helping” by producing acids. Acids are damaging to the gum tissues and tooth enamel, so it is essential that oral health is a priority during pregnancy. Gum disease presents itself as gingivitis with easily bleeding gums, redness, tenderness, and swelling of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can quickly advance into periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. If any type of infection or disease develops inside the mouth, it can easily pass into the blood stream. The same blood stream that runs to the mouth also runs to the rest of the body – including the uterus. Gum disease has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birthweight babies. Understanding the significant effects that poor oral health and hygiene have on pregnancy can allow women to take an active role throughout their pregnancy.

At Prime Dental Care, we offer exceptional dentistry to all patients, and we take a special interest in the oral health of pregnant women. We are here to provide you with the care that you and your growing baby need. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a thorough exam and cleaning. As you plan and prepare for the upcoming birth of your baby, don’t forget that your oral health is a priority.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Princeton, NJ, 08540

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My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

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Starting from reception to the assistant to the doctors they are so amazing. I have major dental anxiety and they were above and beyond sweet and nice to me. I have come back after a root canal and I can go for a run I feel that good and comfortable with them. They rock! They are awesome- I highly recommend this place

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I’m experiencing a very painful toothache during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for Dr. Ma’s quick response using the “teledentistry”, I got a timely and precise diagnosis without having to step out of my house. I really appreciated their help at this moment!

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I have been here multiple times with Maggie and Dr.Patel. Both of them are amazing and make you feel very comfortable the whole time!

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Everyone here is very friendly and is willing to help you. It is a very good experience here! Highly recommend coming here!

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Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

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Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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