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Could periodontal disease risk factors affect my pregnancy?

These risk factors include:
  • Older age
  • Bleeding of the gums, which can be a sign of gum disease
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums, or if teeth look longer
  • Smoking or using tobacco, which is a risk factor for gum disease, so stop smoking or stay away from people who do if you are pregnant                  
  • Not flossing daily
  • Having heart disease, osteoporosis, osteopenia, stress, or diabetes
  • If you have ever had gum disease before or had teeth extracted because of gum disease
  • If any family members have gum disease

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