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If thinking of future children makes you smile — then reach for a toothbrush! While fate determines some fertility factors — new research suggests oral issues may play a key role.
A recent Australian study compared rates of periodontal disease with the speed by which women conceived. Of 1,956 women (average age 31) seeking to become pregnant, 74% had healthy smiles, while the remaining fourth had cavities. Those with periodontal problems took 42% longer to conceive (7 months vs. 5). Why might this be? The kind of oral bacteria that causes cavities also increases inflammation, which not only impacts placental health, but might even increase the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.