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Proper dental care is key to a healthy pregnancy
Updated: 5/9/2012 6:59:50 PM

Proper dental care is key to a healthy pregnancy  

Pregnancy is a time when women have to prepare for many things. While they are getting their future child's room ready and baby-proofing the house, they should also take the time to visit the dentist. Recently, Melanie Bibb, D.D.S., released a statement urging pregnant women to keep their dental health in mind.

Bibb cited a recent study which found that pregnant women who do not take proper care of their teeth are at a higher risk of premature labor. According to Pamela McClain, President of the American Academy of Periodontology, these findings are not surprising.

"Many, many studies have shown that high levels of progesterone puts pregnant women at a higher risk and more susceptible to gum diseases," explained McClain. "Pregnant women who have periodontitis are two to four times more likely to have pre-term, low birthrate babies."

Along with brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, Bibb said that pregnant women should visit their dentist early and often in their pregnancy. All individuals should visit their dental health professional at least twice a year for regular cleanings.

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