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Journal of Pregnancy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 293439, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/293439
Case Report

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy Outcomes

Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, 1513 E Cleveland Avenue Bldg 100, Ste 300, East Point, GA 30344, USA

Received 23 February 2010; Revised 16 May 2010; Accepted 29 June 2010

Academic Editor: Rosa Corcoy

Copyright © 2010 Dolapo A. Babalola and Folashade Omole. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

An increasing number of studies are confirming an association between periodontal disease (PD) and adverse outcomes in pregnancy. PD places pregnant women at greater risk for preterm birth than alcohol consumption or smoking. This underscores the importance of offering dental screening to women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy and the need for physicians who provide obstetric care to be aware of the possible connection between poor dental health and poor pregnancy outcomes.