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What is the link between gum disease and premature birth?

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At least a couple of major studies have shown that there is a link between gum disease and premature birth. Researchers of one study who published their results in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that pregnant women with chronic gum disease were four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely (before gestational week 37) and underweight babies than mothers with healthy gums.

Mothers with the most severe periodontal disease delivered the most prematurely, at 32 weeks. Whether treating gum disease reduces the risk of preterm birth is not yet known.

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

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