‘We hope to encourage women to seek professional dental care and to improve their own oral healthcare while expecting’ – Dr Anja Rist, Oral-B
“Oral health matters – especially during pregnancy,” says Anja Rist, professional and scientific relations manager for oral care in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Proctor & Gamble, owner of the Oral-B brand.
‘It is very important to let women know how these inflammatory conditions may worsen during pregnancy’ – Prof Mariano Sanz
In considering women’s oral health during pregnancy it is important to focus on the hormonal changes that women experience and how these might affect the periodontal tissues and increase the body’s propensity to inflammation, says Mariano Sanz, professor and chair of periodontology at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain).
‘Looking after the gum and oral health of pregnant women is extremely important’ – Filippo Graziani
“Pregnancy is just one of the many phases of a woman’s life where fantastic and wonderful things happen but, at the same time, there might be an increased risk of certain diseases because of the major hormonal changes that a woman goes through,” warns Filippo Graziani, associate professor of periodontology at the University of Pisa.
‘Periodontal treatment during pregnancy is safe and effective, but does not seem to reduce risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes’ – Phoebus Madianos
Although associations between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes have been shown, so far there is no evidence that periodontal treatment during pregnancy has a generally positive effect in reducing these outcomes.