Gum disease has been associated with preterm birth.1 Two large studies found that up to 40% of pregnant women have some degree of gum disease.2 Preliminary data suggest that treatment of gum disease during pregnancy may reduce the risk for preterm birth.3 Other investigators have not demonstrated this risk reduction4, emphasizing the need for further research into understanding the link between maternal periodontal (gum) infection and adverse pregnancy outcome.
We currently are not enrolling participants for any studies involving this health condition. Please check back frequently as we are always adding new research studies. Please feel free to schedule an appointment for a general screening to be added to our registry, so we can contact you when you may be eligible for a study.
1 Offenbacher S, Boggess KA, Murtha AP, et al. Progressive periodontal disease and risk of
very preterm delivery. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:29-36.
2 Jeffcoat MK, Geurs NC, Reddy MS, Cliver SP, Goldenberg RL, Hauth JC. Periodontal infection and
preterm birth: results of a prospective study. J Am Dent Assoc 2001;132:875-80.
3 Lopez NJ, Smith PC, Gutierrez J. Periodontal therapy may reduce the risk of
preterm low birth weight in women with periodontal disease: a randomized controlled trial. J
4 Michalwicz BS, Hodges JS, DiAngelis AJ, et al. Treatment of periodontal disease and the
risk of preterm birth. N Engl J Med 2006; 355:1885-94.