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IALD highlights link between gum disease and stillbirth
Updated: 3/31/2011 11:00:02 AM

Dentists recommend that women ensure that they practice good oral health throughout pregnancy The list of negative health affects associated with periodontal disease is long, but perhaps one of the most serious complications of the chronic condition is stillbirth. The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) recently drew attention to this issue and explained the link between unhealthy gums and delivery complications.

Throughout pregnancy, many women experience hormone fluctuations that can contribute to the formation of bacteria in the mouth, according to institute experts. This condition is referred to as "pregnancy gingivitis" and it affects nearly half of all pregnant women.

The IALD noted that mothers-to-be who have periodontal disease are seven times more likely to experience pre-term labor than women with healthy gums. The dental professionals said that stillbirth can occur when maternal oral bacteria infect the stomach or lungs of the fetus.

Individuals may prevent gum disease by regularly brushing and flossing their teeth. More than 8 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 suffer from the condition, according to the the National Institutes of Health, and more the 5 percent have been diagnosed with moderate or severe periodontal infection.

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