SOURCE: Warren Melamed - Oral Health Management

February 25, 2013 06:00 ET

Warren Melamed Highlights Importance of Oral Health for Pregnant Mothers

A Recent Article Highlights Several Oral Hygiene Tips for Expectant Mothers, an Area of Dental Health That Warren Melamed Stresses Is Important for All Pregnant Women to Follow

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - From quitting smoking to avoiding sushi, there are many efforts that a woman must address to ensure the health of a baby if she becomes pregnant. A recent article from the Wausau Daily Chronicle stresses the importance of optimal oral hygiene for expectant mothers. In the article Dr. Evangeline Ndigwe, a family medicine physician at Ministry Medical Group, explains that "babies born to moms with periodontal disease are prone to lower birth weight or premature births." As a seasoned dental professional who has tended to the varying needs of all patients, Warren Melamed responds in agreement, noting that this is a specific area of dental health care that requires more attention from both parents and dentists alike.

According to the article, "Gums are more susceptible to infections in pregnancy… because the hormone progesterone is so much higher in pregnancy and it causes ligaments to stretch, making gums softer. Expectant mothers might notice bleeding gums when they brush teeth or have oral pain or infection from more exposure to the acid from vomiting for those with morning sickness."

To provide further information about this specific risk, Warren Melamed explains, "During pregnancy women may experience inflammation and bleeding gums because of changes in hormonal balance which may lead to 'Pregnancy Gingivitis.' This is usually exacerbated in women who have calcium build-up on their teeth which acts as an irritant. If this condition occurs the best course of treatment is to have your teeth cleaned professionally and then pay meticulous attention to twice daily brushing and flossing habits to promote healing and prevent a recurrence."

While regular oral hygiene is important for all individuals, Warren Melamed urges expectant mothers to take every precaution necessary to ensure greater health of the infant. The article recommends that on top of consistent efforts in dental hygiene -- such as regular brushing and flossing -- expectant mothers should also schedule an appointment with a trusted dental professional to address the specific risks that may arise during their pregnancy.

Although it is essential for expectant mothers to follow strict care of their oral health throughout the duration of the pregnancy, Warren Melamed also notes that it is a wise idea to ensure health prior to becoming pregnant. He concludes by encouraging women who are planning on pregnancy to seek comprehensive care for existing dental health issues, so as to avoid the need for extensive treatment during the prenatal period.

ABOUT:

Warren Melamed is a noted dental professional who is known for his work as the CEO and President of Oral Health Management -- a Tennessee-based LLC. He is also recognized for founding Monarch Dental in Dallas, Texas -- an organization that went public in 1997 and allowed Melamed to take on several roles as Chairman, President and Chief Dental Officer. Although Warren Melamed has made considerable contributions to the health and dental care industry, he is also noted for maintaining charity as a priority and has made numerous efforts to give back to the community through various capacities.