Gum Disease Treatment May Reduce PreTerm BirthThursday, December 20th, 2012, 9:41 pm
The Journal of Periodontology this December includes a review of studies that found pregnant women with periodontal disease and who are at a high risk of pre term birth can reduce their risk by getting scaling and root planing treatment (SRP). Scaling and root planing are a common and effective treatment for gum disease.
The study authors, from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “The connection between periodontitis and general health is of great interest,” said study author Dr. Nadeem Karimbux. “A study like this captures all that is known about the topic to date.” The researchers performed a review and meta-analysis of 12 prior studies and found that the benefits of treating chronic periodontitis (gum disease) in pregnant women who were at high risk of preterm delivery outweighed any potential risks. The fact that women who have other risk factors for pre-term or low-birth-weight babies and also have gum disease can reduce the risk if good news for moms-to-be and public health.
If you are planning on starting a family or if you are pregnant it is very important that you keep your mouth as healthy as possible for both you and your baby. To schedule your next dental hygiene appointment please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.
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