Mums to be should see a dentist

By Phil / October 25th, 2011

Dental treatment for periodontitis during pregnancy may lower the risk of having a premature birth or a small baby, according to an article in the Mail on Sunday.


The article examines the findings of a study published in the International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare which found that women with gum disease who underwent treatment for periodontitis were 45 per cent less likely to give birth prematurely and 47 per cent less likely to have a low-birth-weight baby than those who did not undergo treatment. Researchers involved in the study analysed data from ten trials involving more than 5,645 pregnant women aged 25-29.

One theory is that reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth minimises the risk of it getting into the body causing and reaching the placenta. Another theory is that reduction in oral bacteria reduces the production of inflammatory compounds, which are associated with premature birth.


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