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Early Delivery and Low Birth Weight Babies

Early Delivery and Low Birth Weight Babies

Did you know that poor oral hygiene during pregnancy can hurt your baby's health? Oral infection plays a role in pregnancy complications, including premature birth as well as inhibiting the growth and development of the unborn child. Any oral disease, from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis, causes infection and inflammation in the mother.

At first, the thought of a linkage between a distant oral infection and pregnancy complications was considered impossible. We know now that the increase in hormones during pregnancy causes gums to bleed more easily and promotes bacterial overgrowth in the form of "pregnancy gingivitis". This bleeding is not normal and signals ulceration between the tooth and gum. Infected areas no longer have the natural skin barrier between the bacteria in dental plaque and the mother's bloodstream.

Bacteria enter the blood and travel to the placenta. We used to think that the placenta could block these bacteria, but we now have proof that bacteria do travel into the uterus and are found in the amniotic fluid. Contact with enough periodontal bacteria can induce a fetal immune response and result in a two- to three-fold increase in risk for preterm delivery.

Clearly the mouth is the "gateway" to the rest of the body. This means that anyone with an oral infection - eg bleeding gums, halitosis, gum disease etc - is at a much higher risk for more serious problems involving the entire body. Therefore the best way to stay healthy is to control and eliminate oral infection with OraVital treatment.

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