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Link between Mouth-rinse and Preterm Birth

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2011 at 3:12 AM
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Link between Mouth-rinse and Preterm Birth

A new study reports that the use of non alcohol antibacterial mouth-rinse is linked to a decreased incidence of preterm birth. The study followed pregnant women at 6 to 20 weeks gestation that had periodontal disease and were not receiving additional dental care. Of mothers who used the mouthwash twice a day, 6.1% delivered prematurely, compared with 21.9% of the control group, who did not use the mouthwash.

After adjusting the findings for smoking status and age, the rate of premature birth in those who used the mouthwash was around two-thirds less than those who did not. The study’s authors, who were surprised with the results, noted that hormone surges in pregnancy can cause the gums to swell and that too much inflammation may trigger premature labor. The results of the study emphasize the importance of preventative dental care during pregnancy.

— Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 2011. "Study finds that use of alcohol free antibacterial mouth-rinse is associated with decreased incidence of preterm birth." Accessed February 21, 2010. http://www.smfmnewsroom.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SMFM-51-Use-of-Mouth-rinse-decreases-PTB.pdf

by on Mar. 30, 2011 at 3:12 AM
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truealaskanmom
by on Mar. 30, 2011 at 3:26 AM

hmmm interesting 

Pandapanda
by on Mar. 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Huh, interesting. I'm super uptight about dental hygiene- DH's best friend is our dentist and he's always getting on us about flossing, rinsing, etc.

Raeann11
by on Mar. 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM

interesting

peanut06
by on May. 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Once again, how did I miss this article!!  I'm one of those women with crappy teeth, no matter how much I brush.  I wonder if adding a rinse (on top of the brushing and flossing) might keep a few more of them in my head a few more years...

rachelrothchild
by Silver Member on May. 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I use my Tom's of Maine every day

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