Good Dental Health Helps Women Conceive

Updated at: May 23, 2012
Good Dental Health Helps Women Conceive

Keep good oral health to increase your chances of conceiving.

Gunjan Rastogi
LatestWritten by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: May 21, 2012

Good Dental Health Helps Women Conceive

An Australian study suggested that women having periodontal disease take longer to conceive than women with healthy oral condition.  The study was conducted on 1,956 women who wanted to become pregnant. Out of 1,956 women, 74 per cent were free from oral problems and remaining women had cavities.


The finding of the study was that that women with periodontal problems took longer time, approximately seven months, to conceive whereas women with healthy oral condition took five months to conceive.


Another revelation was effects of oral bacteria that cause cavities. Oral bacteria increase inflammation affecting placental health. In addition, it elevates the risk of miscarriage and premature delivery.


Maintaining good oral health is important for overall health. Some previous studies have shown that people with poor and irregular brushing habits have more chances of suffering from cardiovascular ailments, such as heart attack and stroke.


To avoid risk of developing cavities, intake of sugary food items, such as chocolates, cookies, sweets and cakes must be monitored. Taking green tea, raisins and cranberries may help you to have healthy teeth and gums.


Obesity also increases the risk of periodontal disease, which in turn affects a woman’s fertility. Therefore, efforts must be taken to get rid of extra weight.

Other than maintaining good dental health, some other lifestyle changes can also improve your fertility:

  • To increase your chances of conception, put an end on intake of sources of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Junk food should also be avoided.
  • Too little sleep, staying awake until late night disturb your fertility. Sleep for at least seven to nine hours a day.  
  • Over as well as under exercise affects your fertility. For better fertility, maintain healthy weight by following a regular exercise regime. Keep in mind that it is not taxing to your immune system.




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