Pregnant women have been reminded that hormonal changes could leave them more at risk of oral health problems including gum disease, although this can be prevented by seeking professional advice.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Dental Health Foundation, insisted it is "vital" for mothers-to-be to speak with their dentist during pregnancy to help them ward off the threat of such issues.
"During the pregnancy itself, some women's dental health may need closer attention," he explained. "This also may include appointments with the dental hygienist for thorough cleaning and advice on caring for your teeth."
Although Dr Carter pointed out that most people will probably experience some type of gum disease, he suggested that regular check-ups, thorough brushing and eating a healthier diet are just some of the ways in which the likelihood can be reduced.
His remarks came after research from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology suggested women with poor oral hygiene can take up to two months longer to conceive.
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Private maternity news : 16 July 2011