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Mouthwash could prevent preterm births

Posted on November 4th, 2011 No Comments

New research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Periodontics and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology reveals that pregnant women with periodontal disease who rinse with mouthwash can lower their chances of delivering their child before their term.

71 women were studied and, of those instructed to rinse for thirty seconds a day with mouthwash, more than half did not have preterm births than those who did not rinse. However, more research will need to be done since some previous studies have seen mixed results.

Having a chronic disease, like gingivitis, can have negative effects on your entire body. Pregnant women are more likely to have a periodontal disease due to the hormones produced during pregnancy.

If you or someone you love suffers from periodontal diseases, it’s important to see a dentist. If you are interested in setting up an appointment or discussing your dental-care needs with our Austin dental technicians, contact BridgeView Dental by calling 512-347-8299 for more information.

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