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Looking forward to baby? Take care of your mouth and you'll be a family sooner

(NC) Poor oral hygiene can add an average of two months to the time it takes to conceive. Specifically, periodontal disease – a common infectious and inflammatory disease of the gums and supporting tissue – can have the same negative effect on conception as obesity, according to Prof. Roger Hart, a professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia and Medical Director of Fertility Specialists of Western Australia.

Periodontal disease has been linked with heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and problems in pregnancy such as miscarriage and premature birth. Approximately 10 per cent of the population may have moderate to severe periodontal disease.

Prof. Hart said researchers in Western Australia analyzed information on pregnancy planning and pregnancy outcomes for 3,416 women. He concluded that gum disease could be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy.

He advised that women wishing to conceive should see their dentist to have any gum disease treated before trying to conceive. It can be treated, but it also can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene.

Fortunately, you can prevent gum disease by removing plaque thoroughly, and Philips Sonicare offers easy-to-use tools that clean teeth quicker and better than a manual toothbrush.

For people who do not floss, the Sonicare AirFloss helps improve gum health in as little as two weeks. Using its unique MicroBurst technology, Sonicare AirFloss uses pressurized air and water to clean the entire mouth in just 30 seconds, removing five times more plaque from between teeth than a manual toothbrush.

To get a superior personalized cleaning when brushing, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum power toothbrush has 9 customizable settings that removes up to seven times more plaque in hard-to-reach areas and reduces gingivitis up to 2x better than a manual toothbrush. It also features a pressure sensor that will alert you if you are brushing too hard for extra care of the health of your teeth and gums.

As you begin to plan having a family and making sure you are at your healthiest, don't forget the importance of good oral hygiene.

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