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Periodontal therapy does not improve preterm or low birth weight rates

from Reuters Health via MedBioWorld

Periodontal therapy of pregnant women does not reduce the rates of preterm or low birth weight infants, a new meta-analysis shows. "Clearly, periodontal disease is an important oral infection that must be always treated when diagnosed in order to promote oral health, but we cannot recommend it for pregnant women with the goal of reducing preterm births and low birth weight," Dr. Mariana Fampa Fogacci from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, told Reuters Health in an e-mail. In light of the lack of consensus on the relationship between periodontitis and these outcomes in the literature, Dr. Fogacci and colleagues conducted a systematic review to investigate whether scientific evidence supports the hypothesis that periodontal therapy could have a preventive effect. more

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