New recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) highlight the importance of maintaining periodontal health during pregnancy:

Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such giving birth to a pre-term or low-birth weight baby, reports the AAP and EFP.

“Routine brushing and flossing, and seeing a periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation during pregnancy may decrease the chance of adverse pregnancy complications,” says Dr. Nancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the AAP and a practicing periodontist in Independence, Missouri. “It is important for expectant mothers to monitor their periodontal health and to have a conversation with their periodontist or dentist about the most appropriate care. By maintaining your periodontal health, you are not only supporting your overall health, but also helping to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.”  - American Academy of Periodontology

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends maintaining good dental health during pregnancy.

The full press release from the American Academy of Periodontology can be found here.