Are you trying to conceive and wondering how your dental health may impact your fertility? Perhaps you’re experiencing infertility difficulties and wondering if gum disease could be involved. Whatever the reason, read on for more information from Dr. Amanda Tavolularis of Dentably.
We know that proper dental hygiene is vital for overall health. However, for couples considering conceiving, it’s very important to be aware of the impact of dental health and fertility. There are many variables when it comes to conception, but having optimal health in as many areas as possible might increase your odds of healthy conception and a healthy pregnancy.
How Gum Disease Affects Fertility For You And Your Partner
Bringing a new life into this world is a beautiful thing, and while you and your partner have taken the necessary steps to prepare, there is one thing that’s often overlooked when couples are trying to conceive. Dental care.
You and your partner’s dental health can play a big role in fertility, especially if you are suffering from gum disease.
I have been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years and have helped many couples with their dental health so that they can be as healthy as possible for conceiving a child. Here’s how gum disease can affect your fertility and steps to take in preventing the condition.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a bacterial infection in your mouth that causes inflamed gums.
Early symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swelling, and
- Bleeding during brushing.
If left untreated, symptoms can become more severe and cause receding gums or loose teeth.
Gingivitis is caused most often by poor oral hygiene habits, but other factors can cause the disease as well. This includes medication, illness, and hormone changes.
The condition can have an effect on you and your partner’s chances of conceiving. If you think you may have gum disease, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to discuss treatment plans.
How Does Gum Disease Impact Fertility?
You may be wondering how gum disease affects your fertility while trying to conceive . Women who suffer from gum disease may take up to seven months or more to conceive. Women who don’t have the disease conceive in about five months.
This goes for men as well. Men with poor oral health are more likely to face male factor infertility due to the elevated levels of bacteria in the mouth.
If you and your partner are trying to conceive, ask your dentist to review your gum health. You will want you and your partner’s mouths to be as healthy as possible, so it doesn’t affect your fertility. This may give you a better chance of conceiving.
What Preventative Measures Reduce the risk of Gingivitis?
Working towards preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your mouth healthy so it doesn’t affect your chances of conceiving.
Continue practicing a good dental care routine that includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
Other ways to help prevent the disease include:
- Reducing stress
- Maintaining a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins
- Avoiding grinding your teeth – and getting preventative care if you struggle with nighttime grinding
Even if you do take the proper measures to help prevent gum disease, you still may be susceptible to the disease. If so, your dentist or periodontist may recommend more frequent check-ups, cleanings, and treatments to better manage the condition.
Trying To Conceive And Gum Disease
When you and your partner decide that you want to grow your family, it’s a really special time. However, there are outside factors that you may not be considering that are affecting your fertility.
One of those factors is your oral health and gum disease. If you or your partner suffers from gingivitis, it can take you longer to conceive. Working to prevent the disease and seeking treatment will put you on the path towards conceiving quicker so you can bring a new life into this world.
If you’re trying to conceive, be sure to read Trying To Conceive – How Long Does It Take? to learn more