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Can oral health affect pregnancy?

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Some research suggests a relationship between gum disease and preterm, low-birthweight infants.

Not all studies have found a solid link, but maintaining good oral health is still the best goal. If you're pregnant, visit your dentist or periodontist as part of your prenatal care. Consider it good practice for the role modeling that lies ahead for all new parents.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 7, 2019

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