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Treat gum disease gum disease and reduce the likelihood of preterm births
Treat gum disease gum disease and reduce the likelihood of preterm births

A new study has shown how women who have gum disease and are at risk of preterm birth can reduce the chance of early delivery by improving their oral health.

The research, presented in the Journal of Periodontology, reveals a 34 per cent reduction in risk of preterm births for expectant mums suffering with gum disease if they underwent simple treatment at the dentist or hygienist.

Scaling and root planing treatment will remove the build-up of tartar from near the gumline in order to reduce the risk of severe gum disease that could potentially lead to tooth loss.

Preterm births are defined as babies born less than 37 weeks into pregnancy, and have historically been linked to poor levels of oral health.

In England alone, 54,000 babies are born prematurely each year.

Positive links between successful treatment for gum disease and reducing the likelihood of preterm births have been reported in the past. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, believes the new research affirms the need for mums-to-be to take care of their oral health during pregnancy.

Dr Carter says: “This paper adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests oral health during pregnancy is particularly important. While it is unreasonable to expect everyone to have impeccable oral health, all pregnant women should not neglect their mouths, particularly if there is a possibility of it having an impact on the unborn baby.

“Regular appointments with the dentist and hygienist may not be at the top of your priority list during pregnancy, but their importance cannot be underestimated. The dentist or hygienist may be able to give you advice on how to care for your teeth at home if you are suffering from morning sickness, not to mention a thorough cleaning and advice on how to look after your teeth and gums at home.”

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  1. The apparent slip or “typo” for “hub” intending “bub” may be, nevertheless, still relevant in a recognition of periodontal bacteria being transmitted to partners. The research linking increased risk of erection difficulties to periodontitis may give new meaning to this headline in relation to “bub”.

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