If you have periodontal
disease and are pregnant, you may be at risk for having a premature, low birthweight
We've known for many years that many risk factors contribute to mothers having babies
that are born prematurely or at a low birthweight. Smoking, alcohol use, drug use
and infectionshave been studied and documented.
Now evidence is mounting that suggests a new risk factor - periodontal disease.
Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby
that is born too early and too small.
More research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy
outcomes. what we do know is that periodontal disease is an infection and all infections
are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the
If you are planning to become pregnant or are at risk for periodontal disease be sure
to include a periodontal evaluation with a periodontist as part of your prenatal care -
because healthy gums may lead to a healthier body and a healthy baby.