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Dental Health Predicts Pre-Term/Low Birth Weight Babies

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The condition of a mother’s oral health may have a massive impact on the general wellness of her newborn. In the event that a pregnant woman has gum disease, she actually is prone to having a baby with pre-term/low birth weight, sepsis, a reduced Apgar score, and an elevated temperature.

Researchers reviewed 870 women with gingivitis, aged 18 to 42 years, and discovered that periodontal treatment substantially decreased the pre-term/low birth weight rate, based on a recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The results indicated that ladies who obtained periodontal treatment composed of plaque control, scaling, as well as regular rinsing together with chlorhexidine before 28 weeks of gestation had a substantially decreased incidence of pre-term/low birth weight infants in comparison with women that did not.

In reality, pregnancy-associated gingivitis afforded much more than a two-fold boost in the risk for pre-term births.

Women with pregnancy gingivitis really should pay a visit to Dr. Peck as quickly as possible to obtain treatment in addition to precautionary maintenance so that they can provide their little ones a healthy start. Gum disease is easy to take care of, there isn’t any risk to the mom or unborn baby, and the final results may be dramatic when it comes to improving the probability of delivering a healthy baby.