Many women who are planning to have children improve their diet and avoid behaviors like smoking and drinking in order to reduce the risks of complications during pregnancy. However, a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology indicated that improving oral health should also be a consideration for women who want to conceive.
The research involved more than 3,700 females. The study's results showed that, on average, women with gum disease required seven months to successfully conceive, compared to only five months for those without the oral condition.
There were even further disparities among non-Caucasian women with gum disease and white females with good dental health.
The researchers compared the effects of gum disease on a woman's ability to conceive to those that have been associated with obesity.
"It now appears that all women should also be encouraged to see their dentist to have any gum disease treated before trying to conceive. It is easily treated, usually involving no more than four dental visits," said lead researcher Roger Hart.
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