Current evidence regarding periodontal disease as a risk factor in preterm birth.

Academic Article


  • Preterm birth, resulting in babies born too little and too soon, is a major cause of morbidity. Evidence indicates that infections can be major risk factors in preterm birth. Case-control studies point to an association between periodontal infection and increased rates of preterm birth. This paper summarizes evidence to date and the strategies that ongoing intervention studies are using to answer the fundamental clinical question: can periodontal therapy reduce the risk of preterm birth?
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    Author List

  • Jeffcoat MK; Geurs NC; Reddy MS; Goldenberg RL; Hauth JC
  • Start Page

  • 183
  • End Page

  • 188
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 1