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Does gum disease increase your risk of delivering prematurely? Experts weigh in

from Baby Gaga

Gum disease could increase a mother's risk of delivering a baby prematurely, according to a study. While the two situations seem entirely unrelated, The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) brought about the link between gum disease and premature birth and low birth weight in a 2010 study. They say there are around 500 different types of bacteria that can grow in a human's mouth, and their presence can have adverse effects on the host. Periodontal disease — which is more commonly referred to as gum disease — creates bacteria that tries to work its way into a human's tissue, from there it can easily enter the bloodstream and eventually zero in on the fetus. more

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