Mum's gums

2019-03-06 01:20:25

By Sylvia Pagán Westphal WOMEN with severe gum disease are up to seven times more likely to have premature babies. This means that poor oral health could pose as big a risk to a pregnant woman as smoking or drinking, suggests a new study from Alabama. Smaller studies have previously hinted at a correlation between bad gums and premature birth. But Marjorie Jeffcoat and her team at the Alabama University School of Dentistry in Birmingham is looking at a much larger set of pregnant women,