Poor oral hygiene linked to diabetes in pregnancy

Title: Poor oral hygiene linked to diabetes in pregnancy.

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Not looking after your teeth has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes during pregnancy, in a new study.

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Not looking after your teeth has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes during pregnancy, in a new study. Almost one in two women who suffer from a form of type two diabetes are also afflicted with periodontal disease, a chronic infection in the mouth and gums, researchers report. Periodontal disease is caused by poor oral hygiene, while between two and five per cent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, possibly due to hormone changes. Suffering from gestational diabetes – the inability to process certain sugars normally when pregnant – can put mums-to-be and their babies at greater risk of illness and injury. After studying the health of 256 pregnant women for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study part III, scientists suggest that taking extra care of oral health and hygiene when pregnant can help women avoid the disease. The full study will be published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology this month.

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www.kiddicare.com/page/news17808445
17/10/2006

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