Gingivitis in pregnant women: more dangerous than expected

Author: Dr. Nhan Tam View: 580
For the first time in California (USA) has proven a case of fetal death of a mother with gingivitis during pregnancy. Prior to this, gum diseases of the pregnant women were not properly treated. People think that gingivitis in the mother can only lead to premature birth or low-weight babies.

Research has also shown that the caused of death is the bacteria that caused gum disease in the mother had gone into the baby's blood. Doctors have found a type of bacteria in the child's blood that is the same as the one found in the samples of plaque taken from the mother.

Previous tests have shown that an oral bacteria called Fusobacterium nucleatum can cross the placental barrier in mice. Most likely, the same thing had happened in the mother. According to the study's author Yiping Han at Case Western University in Ohio, usually, the immune system can defeat these bacteria, but due to special conditions in the womb, the fetus is very vulnerable. When it enters the bloodstream, bacteria can exist anywhere, including the placenta, which is very dependent on the body's immune system, such as the liver or spleen.

According to obstetricians, pregnant mothers should not felt uneasy about the results of this study as this is a rare case. However, this indicates that the prevention of gingivitis is very necessary and if a woman has bleeding teeth, it is essential to visit a dentist and it is best to cure it before having a pregnancy plan.