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Some Pre-Mature Births May Be Related to Poor Maternal Dental Health

Did you know that an expectant mother's dental health may affect her unborn child?

In a landmark study performed by Dr. Steven Offenbachler and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, researchers discovered a chilling association between maternal periodontal disease (gum disease) and preterm, low birth weight pregnancies. In the study, mothers with periodontal disease were seven times more likely to deliver preterm, low birth weight infants.

It is advisable that women considering pregnancy see their dentist. The dentist can assess their oral health and take the necessary steps to treat dental problems.

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