Maternal Periodontal Disease and Preterm, Low Birth Weight Infants in an Air Force Population
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In the United States, preterm, low birth weight PLBW infant deliveries are the leading cause of perinatal complication, and are the greatest single determinant of perinatalneonatal morbidity and mortality Several recent studies have indicated an association between maternal periodontal gum disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes, in particular, PLBW. The suggested mechanism for this phenomenon includes translocation of periodontal pathogens to the fetoplacental unit, action of a periodontal reservoir of lipopolysaccharides on the fetoplacental unit, or action of a periodontal reservoir of inflammatory mediators on the fetoplacental unit The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between maternal periodontal disease PD and PLBW infants in a United States Air Force USAF female population.
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