Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dental News Roundup: Periodontitis and Preterm Babies

Hi all,

I just finished reading the latest issue of AGD Impact magazine (Jan 2007) and they had a few news stories that I'd like to share with you over the next week or so. First off: gum disease and premature babies.

The latest study in the Nov 2nd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women did not prevent preterm births. 13% of the control group gave birth early, while 12% of the treatment group did...a statistically irrelevant difference. These latest findings contradict the previous research on the topic.

I guess we will have to wait for more studies to definitively give us the answer on this topic.

Source: AGD Impact Magazine, Vol 35, No 1, pg 21.

Take care,


Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100