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How does gum disease increase the risk of miscarriage?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Periodontal (gum) disease has also been associated with miscarriage. If you have periodontal disease, the risk of miscarriage is more than three times higher than if you do not have periodontal disease. It's not a mystery as to why. If arteries become inflamed, they deliver less blood, and you are thus more likely to have heart disease, and also inflammation in the arteries to your uterus. That results in inadequate blood supply to your offspring, and miscarriage. One of the ways to detect such inflammation is measurement of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). A high level reflects a greater risk of arterial aging. Each risk of arterial aging magnifies other risks. So gum disease increases arterial aging even more if you have an elevated LDL cholesterol level or if you have high blood pressure.
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