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Periodontal disease and Pregnancy.

If you have periodontal disease and are pregnant, you may be at risk for having a premature, low birthweight baby...

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 baby.

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.


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