Did you know that your oral health can affect your fertility? It seems a bit of a strange concept, but how we look after our teeth and mouth can impact our fertility. Inflammation in the mouth caused by periodontal (gum) disease can delay or prevent ovulation, as it can disrupt hormones required to trigger ovulation. Gum disease is also associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and low birth weight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In men, there is a link between gum disease and lower sperm quality, and an increased risk of erectile dysfunction.
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Attending regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments
Maintaining good dental hygiene with daily flossing
Vitamin C supplementation can be helpful
Using a probiotic mouthwash
Minimising your sugar intake
Eating a nutrient rich diet, including lots of colourful fruit and vegetable
You can also take a test to assess the health of your oral microbiome, get in touch if you would like more information on this.
Have a read of this article from Invivo Healthcare if you’d like to learn more about the connection between reproductive and oral health.
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Disclaimer: Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, practitioners always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. The information provided here is general and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases or conditions.