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Can pregnancy affect my mouth?

Over half of women experience pregnancy gingivitis.  The condition can cause swelling, bleeding, redness and tenderness of gum tissue.  

Periodontal disease may affect the health of babies.  Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and preterm, low birth-weight babies.  If fact, women that are pregnant with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small.  This is believed to be caused by a labour-inducing chemical found in oral bacteria called prostaglandin.   

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