So many changes happen during pregnancy and your mouth is no exception! Healthy moms equal healthy babies. Due to the surge of hormones while you are pregnant, your gum tissues may over-react to the presence of plaque causing gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you had gingivitis or periodontal disease before pregnancy, the disease will worsen during pregnancy. It is important to have good oral hygiene habits to decrease the amount of plaque on your teeth to prevent gingivitis. Research suggests there is a link between pregnancy gingivitis and an increased potential for low birth weight babies and pre-term delivery. We recommend coming in more frequently during pregnancy for a professional cleanings to keep your oral health at its best for your health and your baby’s health.