It happens quite often that women underestimate the importance of a good oral hygiene. According to a new research, the time which is needed for a woman to get pregnant is extended by as much as two months, if she struggles with gum disease complications.
Professor Roger Hart has emphasized at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, that poor oral health has quite the same effect on the ability to conceive, as obesity.
The periodontal disease is actually an inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth. The more it is left untreated, the greater the damages that can occur. One of the most serious impacts of untreated periodontal disease is the loss of the teeth.
The tissue around the teeth is progressively destroyed, and microorganisms that are extremely bad for health and infections will end up in the blood stream.
According to several high profile medical studies, gum disease plays a major role in diseases such as heart complications, kidney and lung diseases, diabetes (type 2) and pregnancy related problems (such as premature birth or miscarriages).
Statistics also show that approximately 10% of the population is struggling with a form of gum disease that can be extremely easily prevented by respecting a healthy oral hygiene such as brushing the teeth at least 2 times a day and using the dental floss.
A study which has been conducted in Western Australia regarding this problematic (the SMILE study) has found that women who were struggling with gum disease needed on average 7 months until they were able to conceive.
On the other hand for women who were not affected by any form of gum disease, it took only 5 months to conceive. In the study there have been involved 3,416 women and after scientists analyzed the data, they concluded that approximately 26% are affected by one form or the other of gum disease.
Women, who are going through their family planning process, are highly encouraged to visit their dentist and get the treatment that they need before trying to conceive.
This way, they will start the family planning program in very good health condition, and the chances of being able to conceive faster are definitely increased. Gum disease can be treated extremely easily; it generally takes up to 3 or 4 visits to the dentist.