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Pregnancy and oral care

Oral health is an important component of general health and should therefore be maintained during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at increased risk for dental disease owing to hormonal changes that also affect their oral microbiome.

Periodontal disease: A risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes Jan 9, 2017 | News Middle East & Africa

Periodontal disease: A risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Although a number of studies have already suggested a link between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes, the matter remains debateable. Therefore, researchers in South Africa have now tested the hypothesis that periodontal disease is a risk indicator for preterm delivery of low-birthweight infants and found further evidence for correlation of the two conditions.

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Dental Health Week highlights oral health risks linked to hormonal changes Aug 5, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Dental Health Week highlights oral health risks linked to hormonal changes

SYDNEY, Australia: As part of the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) annual Dental Health Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August and this year focuses ...

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Expectant women in Taipei to receive more free tooth cleanings May 23, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Expectant women in Taipei to receive more free tooth cleanings

TAIPEI, Taiwan: Starting this month, pregnant women in Taiwan are entitled to three free dental cleanings, the National Health Insurance Administration ...

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Dental treatment with local anaesthetics found to be safe for pregnant women Aug 13, 2015 | News Europe

Dental treatment with local anaesthetics found to be safe for pregnant women

JERUSALEM, Israel: In addition to regular brushing and flossing, visits to the dentist at least twice a year are generally recommended, especially for ...

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Vitamin D during pregnancy may lower infant caries risk May 1, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Vitamin D during pregnancy may lower infant caries risk

EHIME, Japan: Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with bone defects by a number of studies. New research from Japan has now provided additional evidence that it may also be involved in the development of tooth decay. In a study of 1,210 Japanese mother–child pairs, scientists found that dental caries was less prevalent in children whose mothers had a higher vitamin D intake during pregnancy.

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New study results suggest link between BPA and autism Apr 14, 2015 | News Americas

New study results suggest link between BPA and autism

STRATFORD, N.J., USA: According to a recently published study, bisphenol A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of food containers and dental sealants, is associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. The researchers have reported that BPA does not metabolize well in children with ASD.

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Smoking during pregnancy can lead to increased risk of orofacial clefts Jan 21, 2014 | News Americas

Smoking during pregnancy can lead to increased risk of orofacial clefts

WASHINGTON, USA: The Office of the Surgeon General, a U.S. governmental office concerned with public health, has published its 2014 report on the implications of tobacco use for oral health. Among other findings, the report showed additional evidence that maternal smoking in early pregnancy is associated with the development of cleft lip and palate in infants.

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Exposure to BPA may contribute to infertility Aug 2, 2013 | News Americas

Exposure to BPA may contribute to infertility

BOSTON, USA: Researchers from the U.S. have found that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture dental sealants, among other uses, ...

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Further studies on the link between oral bacteria and pregnancy complications underway Jul 15, 2013 | News Americas

Further studies on the link between oral bacteria and pregnancy complications underway

CLEVELAND, USA: A dental research project at Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.58 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and ...

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Researchers call for better dental care access for Aboriginal women Jun 7, 2013 | News Australia & New Zealand

Researchers call for better dental care access for Aboriginal women

ADELAIDE, Australia: New research from Australia has shown that pregnant Aboriginal women are a significantly vulnerable population who suffer from multiple dental health and social problems. Among other findings, the study found that female indigenous women suffer profound social and oral health inequalities compared with their national-level counterparts.

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Parents’ saliva on pacifiers may reduce allergy risk in infants May 9, 2013 | News Europe

Parents’ saliva on pacifiers may reduce allergy risk in infants

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Researchers from Sweden have suggested that parental saliva stimulates a baby’s immune system owing to the altered oral flora and thus reduces the risk of allergy development. In a study of almost 200 infants, they found that children whose parents sucked their pacifiers to clean them during the first six months of life had a significantly reduced risk of eczema and asthma.

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Study links gum disease during pregnancy to high oestrogen levels Jan 10, 2013 | News Europe

Study links gum disease during pregnancy to high oestrogen levels

HELSINKI, Finland: Researchers have found that hormone levels may determine the extent of gingivitis during pregnancy. In a recent study, they observed that pregnant women with higher levels of oestrogen and dental plaque were at a greater risk of developing gingival inflammation compared with women who had lower levels.

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