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Perio treatment may lower risk of preterm birth


A new systematic review has found that pregnant women who are at high risk for preterm birth and have periodontal disease may be able to lower their risk by getting scaling and root planing treatment. While previous studies have shown an association between preterm labor and periodontitis in pregnant women, the relationship is still under investigation, and a link has not been clearly established, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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