Before You Get Pregnant-Visit Your Dentist
Gum disease may cause premature births, research suggests.
A study of dozens new mothers found 45 percent of those whose waters broke early had swollen, sore or infected gums. In comparison, only 29 percent of the women who didn’t give birth prematurely had signs of gum disease.
Bacteria in plaque are thought to travel to the placenta via the bloodstream, causing it to become inflamed. This may disrupt the amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus, leading it to rupture too soon, scientists believe.