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How does chronic periodontitis affect pregnancy?

Female hormones are a risk factor in developing periodontal conditions, with the most significant impact occurring as a result of pregnancy. Most pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis, but its impact on healthy pregnant women is often mild, especially if you continue to practice good mouth care.

However, women with pre-existing periodontitis should seek treatment to prevent progression of the condition. Bacterial infections that cause chronic periodontitis also trigger inflammation in other areas of the body, and may result in complications in pregnancy. Managing chronic periodontitis before and during pregnancy may lower the risk of premature delivery and low infant birth weight.

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