How does pregnancy affect your oral health? Pregnancy causes many changes to occur and this can result in a higher risk for conditions such as periodontal disease. The first stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, and some pregnant women may notice this developing as soon as the second month of pregnancy. Periodontal disease can cause bacteria to spread throughout the body through the bloodstream. This, in turn, can have a negative effect on your baby. Women with periodontal disease while pregnant may be at a higher risk for preterm labor due to the production of prostaglandins, which can induce labor too early. These chemicals are often produced due to bacteria reaching the uterus. If you are pregnant and feel that your gum health has deteriorated, please make an appointment with us.