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Oral Health Could Be Connected to Preterm Birth

Posted on 2/25/2016 by Fady Ebid
A pregnant woman suffering from poor oral health caused by pregnancy gingivitis!Your health is a top priority when you are pregnant. You will likely be concerned about what you're eating, getting enough exercise, and taking your prenatal vitamin, but there is one area that is sometimes overlooked - your oral health.

Unfortunately, the consequences of this mistake could be disastrous, as new research had found a connection between poor oral health and preterm birth.

Recently, an article was released by the American Academy of Family Physicians to explain oral factors and preterm birth. This organization states that the biggest cause for concern regarding pregnant women and oral health is gum disease. When a woman is suffering from gum disease, inflammation around the tissues that support the teeth will develop. When this condition develops, toxins within the inflamed tissue can be released and absorbed into the expectant mother's body.

Tests have examined the amniotic fluid of women with gum disease who went into labor early and found the same toxins that were in the gums were also in the fluid. So, it is thought that gum disease can be a factor that affected women who went into labor early.

Approximately 30% of women suffer from gum disease during pregnancy, and not all of them will have complications. In fact, the AAFP warns that studying the effect of any one risk factor on preterm birth is difficult because of the numerous confounding variables that could all affect the same outcome. However, studies of this kind that attempt to better understand how certain factors affect preterm birth are extremely important.

Pregnant women have other oral health issues to be concerned about. The increased hormones during pregnancy can cause a variety of other issues, including oral lesions, tumors, cavities, and loose teeth. If you are pregnant, it is important that you make your oral health a priority and contact us for a dental evaluation today.







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