We all know the ill effects to our health that can come from smoking, especially while pregnant. Now researchers are studying other links, such as oral health and it’s influence on pregnancy.

Oral Bacteria Linked to Preterm Labor | Dentistry Today

Researchers at the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Mānoa will examine tissue samples from women who experienced preterm labor for the presence and type of oral bacteria. According to the researchers, oral bacteria that cause dental caries can be transmitted through the bloodstream from the mouth to other parts of the body, including the placenta, and contribute to the development of serious systemic diseases.

About 40% of pregnant women experience caries, which are associated with preterm labor, preterm birth, and low birth weight. The overall goal of the research is to reduce dental disease in mothers so they won’t experience pregnancy complications like preterm labor and birth or pass the cavity-producing bacteria on to their infants and children.

By identifying the presence and type of oral bacteria found in placental tissue, the researchers hope to increase understanding about the way oral bacteria can contribute to the development of preterm labor. Determining the type of bacteria also can help in developing clinical interventions to reduce the rates of pregnancy complications and other diseases associated with caries.

Committed to Dental Health in Dallas: Oral Hygiene During Pregnancy

Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci, at C R Dental Group, located in Dallas, strongly believe that women should be diligent with their oral hygiene, especially during pregnancy. It is an important time to keep regularly scheduled dental appointments and to discuss any changes noticed in the teeth or gums. Good oral hygiene habits in your family begin with you!