If you are a couple ready to start a family, or you are already parents hoping to have another child, the last thing you are probably thinking about is your teeth. But recent studies show poor oral health can create problems with fertility in both men and women. And gum disease could lead to pregnancy complications including miscarriage, premature delivery, and stillbirth.
The good news is that good oral health is easy to achieve – and there’s plenty of room to catch up if you haven’t been diligent in the past.
The best advice is to bring it all back to the basics:
- Start by brushing twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep.
- After each meal, and each time you eat, try rinsing with water, or drink something that isn’t water. This will reduce gum inflammation and your risk for cavities.
- Another basic method that will help improve oral/dental health is flossing. Flossing will help you avoid inflamed gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease so make it a priority. And believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to floss so be sure to ask your dentist.
- There are other ways of getting rid of the bacteria build up by using a water pick or interdental brushes – you can find both at your local drug store.
- In the end, make sure your schedule regular cleanings and ask questions at the first sight of a problem.
And always remember healthy teeth means a healthy family!