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Pregnant women ‘need regular dental visits’

Posted by Allie Wright

Pregnant women should make sure they keep up regular visits to the dentist.

This is because newly-published research in the Journal of Periodontology has found expectant mothers with gum disease who undertake treatment are 34 per cent less likely to go through a pre-term birth.

The study found that scaling and root planing can be beneficial for women who are with child and can stop them from giving birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, told the Daily Mail the findings show how important the issue of dental health is and so it should not be taken lightly.

“While it is unreasonable to expect everyone to have impeccable oral health, all pregnant women should not neglect their mouths,” he added.

Mr Carter went on to note regular appointments should not be taken for granted, especially as dental care is free for all mums-to-be.

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