Surprisingly, untreated oral diseases can contribute to infertility and poor pregnancy outcomes. Sadly a woman in the US recently gave birth to a stillborn baby who died as a result of the mother’s gingivitis. A gum bleeding condition caused by bacteria which is easily preventable and treatable.
Speaking of infections…
Any infection in the body can damage the baby at any stage of the pregnancy. Women’s immune system’s are slightly suppressed during pregnancy to prevent the immune system from attacking the embryo – which strictly speaking is a foreign body.
Opportunistic bacteria, viruses and other pathogens can seize this opportunity and proliferate in the body.
Therefore it’s of utmost importance to prepare for your pregnancy and to check if you have any minor infections in your body. This includes STDs which can oftentimes be asymptomatic. Your gynecologist, GP and dentist can run the necessary tests for you.
Keeping your teeth and mouth sparkly clean will not only improve your fertility but also your dental health which means less visits to the dentist and more money in your pocket!
How did you like today’s fertility tips? I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you floss regularly? Are you using fluoride free toothpaste?
Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.