Premature Births Linked to Oral Hygiene

Premature Births Linked to Oral HygieneAccording to the March of Dimes, more than half a million babies are born prematurely every year in the United States. Babies born before 37 weeks of gestation may face grave health risks throughout their lives. Respiratory infections, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, learning and behavioral problems, mental retardation, and adult health conditions like type two diabetes and heart disease have all been linked to prematurity.

Although the number of preterm births has increased sharply since the early 1980s, the cause is still largely unknown. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology revealed that oral bacteria may be linked to as many as 80 percent of these births.

These bacteria are normally found in the mouth but may find their way into the bloodstream through bleeding gums or cuts or sores. Once they enter the bloodstream, they can cause a widespread inflammatory response that extends to the uterus and triggers premature labor.

Pregnancy is a time in your life you are most likely to be concerned with getting adequate nutrition for your baby and yourself, visiting your obstetrician, and preparing for the upcoming birth. This research shows that it's also a time to make room in your busy pre-baby schedule for a visit to our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist for a professional cleaning and examination to ensure your teeth and gums are in excellent condition.

Because gingivitis can be quite common in the later months of pregnancy thanks to rising hormone levels, you may need to visit our Los Angeles dentist more frequently than before your pregnancy. These more frequent cleanings can help reduce plaque and the bacteria it harbors so that you can have a healthier mouth and pregnancy.

Source: Dentist in Los Angeles

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