Many breakthroughs in medicine have been made throughout the past few decades, and many have been in the field of dentistry. In recent years, many new discoveries into how oral a person's oral health affects their overall health have been made, along with how parents can help keep their children's teeth cavity-free.
If you and your partner are attempting to conceive your next child, yet haven't had luck, and you suffer from gum disease, then read on to learn about a new dental study that may aid you in your goal of conceiving a child along with another breakthrough in dentistry that can help you keep your baby's teeth healthy after you give birth to them.
1. New Study Shows That Healthy Gums May Help Combat Infertility
There are many reasons a couple may struggle to conceive a child, although in the past, infertility has never been linked to oral health. However, dental researchers recently made a discovery that may help many women who are attempting to conceive a child, yet not having luck, finally overcome their conception struggles.
A dental researcher recently followed a group of 256 healthy women who had decided they wanted to begin attempting to conceive a child for 12 months. After the 12 month period, the saliva of the women who had succeeded at conceiving children and those who had not conceived yet were compared.
The researcher determined that the women who had not yet conceived children were three times more likely to have a specific bacteria associated with gum disease in their saliva samples than the women who had successfully conceived children during the time period.
If you are struggling to conceive a child, yet are struggling, even though you are relatively healthy, then visit your dentist to make sure your gums are truly healthy and that gum disease is not decreasing your chances of conception.
2. Studies Show Parents Can Pass Cavity-Causing Bacteria onto Their Babies
Not only is it important to maintain good oral health when attempting to conceive a child, but it is also important to continue to keep your teeth healthy after your baby is born. While there are many factors involved in why some people are more prone to developing cavities than others, researchers have found that one way that parents can help their babies maintain good oral health is by keeping their own teeth healthy.
Studies have shown that parents with untreated tooth decay can pass a cavity-causing bacteria into their children's mouths by sharing utensils with them or even just giving them kisses on the mouth. Once this bacteria is passed onto a baby, they can begin developing cavities much more easily early in life.
If you have or suspect you may have oral health problems and are attempting to conceive a child, then be sure to visit the dentist to be sure that gum disease is not the cause. Your dentist can then form a treatment plan to help you get rid of the gum disease that may be impacting your fertility and treat any tooth decay you have that could impact the oral health of your new baby.