Recent research connects an oral bacteria (pathogen) with pregnancy complications. Scientists have discovered the mechanism that enables this pathogen, called F. nucleatum, to cross the placental barrier and invade the uterus and invade the environment of the growing baby. These scientists believe this pathogen can cause infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy complications, and even still births.
At Intown Smile Studio, we can run a genetic test on a simple saliva sample to check for the presence of F. nucleatum. And, if you test positive, we offer simple, pregnancy-safe treatments to eliminate this pathogen from your mouth and body.
If you are pregnant or family planning, Dr. Estep strongly recommends this saliva test to eliminate this pregnancy risk.
You can easily schedule now using our interactive calendar. If you are already a patient of Dr. Estep, schedule a limited exam or a cleaning and checkup. If you are a new patient, or if you have not seen Dr. Estep in the last 3 years, schedule a new patient exam and cleaning appointment. Our team will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss your pregnancy risks. You can request to have the simple genetic test at this appointment.
Pregnancy Complications, Infertility and Miscarriage
If you are my patient and you’re pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or having trouble getting pregnant, I need you to know about the bacteria Fn (F. nucleatum), because it is a gum disease pathogen that can travel across your uterus and the placental barrier and infect your womb. Studies suggest Fn may be associated with infertility, premature birth, miscarriage, and even stillbirth. With a simple saliva test, we can find out if Fn is in your mouth, and with non-invasive treatment, we can eliminate Fn.
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