Periodontal Disease

Low Birth Weight Babies

Did you know that mothers with severe periodontal disease are seven times more likely to deliver pre-term, low-birthweight babies?, according to a study of 124 pregnant women conducted at the University of North Carolina and published in 1996 in the Journal of Periodontology. Researchers at the University of North Carolina think this is due to the body's reaction to the bacteria in gums infected with periodontitis. When you have periodontal disease, bacterial toxins attack the bone, ligaments and gums that surround your teeth. You essentially have a large open wound in your mouth that creates a doorway for bacteria to enter your body through your bloodstream.

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