Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.
Women: Your health care needs are unique, and re- quire special care. Taking care of your health also includes oral health because it's an important part of your overall health. Periodontal researchers are making strides to find out how periodontal diseases may affect women's overall health. Recent issues of the Journal of Periodontology published findings that relate to women's unique oral health needs. Following is a brief overview of some of these studies:
Symptoms included a slight burning sensation, bleeding with minor irritation, redness to the gums, oral ulcers and discomfort in the gums. Further studies will be required to examine whether these symptoms will have lasting negative effects. In the meantime, women should tell their dental professionals about changes taking place in the mouth or body. This includes taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. This way the dental professional can explain any effects it may have on periodontal health.
Several studies also provided evidence that the presence of infection is associated with unsuccessful embryo development and implantation failure in in vitro fertilization patients.
Since periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection, future studies may determine the effects of periodontal status and periodontal treatment on the outcome of infertility treatment.