London: It`s important to take care of the teeth and if you are pregnant, you should be doubly careful. A new study says pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have premature babies. The research found women with gum disease were over three times more likely to give birth prematurely than mothers-to-be with good oral health. They also had a one in four chance of giving birth before 35 weeks, reported a website.
"Due to hormone changes during pregnancy, some women`s dental health needs closer attention during this time. For instance, you may notice that your gums appear to bleed more easily. "This means that you must keep a high standard of oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly. This may include appointments with the dental hygienist for thorough cleaning, and advice on caring for your teeth at home," he added. The research was publicised at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Washington. IANS
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