Is poor periodontal oral health in pregnant women a risk factor for preterm delivery and low birth weight?
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Is poor periodontal oral health in pregnant women a risk factor for preterm delivery and low birth weight? Evidence-based answer: Maternal periodontitis is associated with increased risk of low birth weight (less than 2,500 g) (SOR: B, prospective cohort study). Maternal periodontitis may be associated with shorter gestation (SOR: B, conflicting prospective cohort and cross-sectional studies, with better quality evidence favoring an association). Treatment of periodontal disease in early pregnancy has not been shown to affect birth weight or preterm labor (SOR: C, underpowered RCT).
Evidence-based practice 20, no. 9 (2017): E6-E7.