Medindia

X

Premature Birth Likely Outcome for Women With Gum Disease

by Trilok Kapur on  March 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM Women Health News   - G J E 4
 Premature Birth Likely Outcome for Women With Gum Disease
According to a new US study, pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely than mothers-to-be with good oral health.
Advertisement

The research by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that successful treatment for gum disease can cut the risk of pregnant women giving birth early, reports the BBC.

Advertisement
The study of 160 women showed that those whose gum disease was not treated successfully were three times more likely to give birth before 35 weeks.

It has been previously established that severe gum infections cause an increase in the production of prostaglandin and tumour necrosis factor, chemicals which induce labor, to be produced.

The study enrolled women who were between six and 20 weeks' pregnant.

All of the volunteers had gum disease. These women were given treatment, which was successful in one third of the cases.

The results showed a 'strong and significant association' between successful treatment and full-term births.

Those whose treatment did not work were 'significantly more likely' to give birth before 35 weeks.

However, UK experts warned that this was a small study and further research was needed.

The study was presented to the annual conference of the American Association for Dental Research.

Source: ANI
TRI
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All