Estrogen linked to gum disease in pregnancy
New research has revealed that women with higher levels of the hormone estrogen have a greater chance of developing gum disease during pregnancy. Although pregnancy can cause the gums to bleed more easily, the role of estrogen in that process previously had not been considered. Karen Coates, a dental adviser at the British Dental Health Foundation, described the research — by the University of Helsinki — as a positive step toward improving the oral health of pregnant women.
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