Palm Harbor, FL (PRWEB) November 06, 2013
Dr. Dan A. Knellinger offers a gum disease treatment that is safe for expectant mothers who are experiencing gum disease symptoms. Gum disease can be extremely dangerous during pregnancy. Irritated or bleeding gums may seem insignificant, but these symptoms could be a prelude to serious periodontal disease. Dr. Knellinger urges patients, especially expectant mothers, to seek gum disease treatment at his Palm Harbor facility. Almost half of adults over 30 in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. Advanced cases of gum disease have been linked to conditions like pancreatic cancer, stroke and respiratory problems. While periodontal disease can lead to overall health concerns for every individual, expectant mothers may be even more at risk.
In severe cases of maternal periodontitis, there is a chance that babies may be born with a low birth weight. Some cases of low birth weight are a result of intrauterine growth restriction. This means that the baby does not grow properly while in the uterus, usually because of a problem with the mother’s health. A 2005 study showed that there was a significant link between mothers who suffered from periodontal disease and demonstrated a probing depth of more than three mm (the depth of the pocket around the tooth created when gum disease damages the surrounding tissue), and babies who were born with low birth weights.
Low birth weight is dangerous in newborns because babies who are not at a proper weight have a higher risk of getting infections. These babies are generally not as strong or resilient as babies born at normal birth weights. To reduce the risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, Dr. Knellinger urges women who may conceive in the near future to pay attention to signs of gum disease including bleeding gums, sensitivity and inflammation. Women who may become pregnant should consider undergoing gum disease treatment to improve their overall health and reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
With the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a laser alternative to traditional gum disease treatment methods, Dr. Knellinger is able to safely treat gum disease. Maternity patients who may be suffering from gum disease should visit http://www.palmharbordentistry.com for more information.
About The Doctor
Knellinger Dental Excellence is a general practice offering patients personalized dental care in Palm Harbor, Florida. As a father-daughter team and Palm Harbor natives, Dr. Knellinger and Dr. Verkler both attended the University of Florida and University of Louisville School of Dentistry. They are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Knellinger Dental Excellence and their services visit their website at http://www.palmharbordentistry.com and call (727) 785-3383.