Study highlights link between periodontal disease and premature labour

Pregnant women with periodontal disease are significantly more likely to go into early labour, according to the findings of a new study.

Research discovered that women who entered labour early were one and a half times more likely (45%) to have periodontal disease than women who experienced a perfect pregnancy (29%).

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, also found that early birth rates were more common for women with untreated tooth decay or fillings.

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says the research highlights the impact that oral health can have on overall wellbeing.

As part of the study, researchers examined the pregnancies and oral health of almost 150 women.

They found that women who went into early labour recorded gum health scores four times lower than those who had a timelier birth. They also had eight times more plaque. 1


Radochova V, Stepan M, Kacerovska Musilova I, Slezak R, Vescicik P, Menon R, Jacobsson B, Kacerovsky M. Association between periodontal disease and preterm prelabor rupture of membranes. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 2019 Jan 14.


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