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Gum Disease and Pregnancy Gainesville, GA
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Pregnancy is a truly remarkable experience that allows something miraculous to occur over a relatively short amount of time. For approximately nine months, women experience the conception, growth, and then birth of life. Whether pregnant for the first time or the fourth, pregnancy is full of excitement and anticipation. Like most great experiences in life, pregnancy also comes with its own set of challenges – growing a human is a lot of work! The body of a pregnant woman goes through many changes to accommodate a growing baby: weight gain, increased blood supply, stretching of the uterus, just to name a few. One change that has a huge impact on a pregnant woman is the drastic changes in hormone levels that occur in a short span of time. This dramatic hormonal shift increases the risk for pregnancy gum disease, which is a dangerous condition for both mother and growing baby.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, caused by bacteria inside the mouth. In most cases, gingivitis is a simple and treatable condition; however, for pregnant women, gingivitis can quickly turn into periodontal disease and pose life threatening concerns to the pregnancy and mother. Bacteria are present inside the mouth in quantities of millions each day. These bacteria congregate around food and sugar particles, creating acids and plaque buildup on the teeth. With regular flossing and brushing, plaque buildup can be kept at bay and under control between dental visits. Yet for pregnant women, plaque buildup over just a short amount of time can have devastating effects.

Research has proven that the drastic hormonal shifts case the gum tissues of the mouth to become highly susceptible to infection during pregnancy. Any infection inside the mouth can easily pass from the gum tissues into the blood stream and pass straight through to the uterus. It is vital that any signs of gingivitis (i.e. red, swollen, tender gums or gums that bleed easily) be brought to a dentist’s attention right away. There is a proven link between gum disease and miscarriage, pre-term labor, and low birth weight babies.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we value the health of all our patients, including pregnant mothers. If you are planning on becoming pregnant or are already pregnant, your oral health is more important than ever before. Please contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation and cleaning. We care about your oral health and its impact on your growing miracle.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.