Gum disease affects 80% of Americans, and it has been linked to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, and low-weight births. Expecting moms can be more susceptible to gum disease because of hormone changes. It’s important that you attend your six-month checkup and cleaning while you’re with child. At this visit, we can evaluate your gum tissue to see if you need any special help. If you do have gum disease, a deep dental cleaning can reduce your potential for having an underweight baby.