'Floss for fertility', women advised

Posted by Patricia Wakeford on

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I was very interested to read on BBC Health that poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity - delaying conception by about two months.

Periodontal disease has already been linked with heart disease, type 2 diabetes and miscarriage, plus poor sperm quality in men.

In this latest study from Australia, which involved over 3,500 women, those with gum disease had raised blood levels of markers for inflammation.

Lead researcher Professor Roger Hart, of the University of Western Australia, said: "Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman's chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy."

He said women trying for a baby should now add a trip to their dentist to the check list along with stopping smoking and drinking, maintaining a healthy weight and taking folic acid supplements.

Sounds like a very good reason to see your dentist!

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Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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