A study appearing om the Journal of Periodontology found bacteria commonly found in the mouth, and associated with periodontal diseases, in the amniotic fluid of some pregnant women. Amniotic fluid is a liquid that surrounds an unborn baby during pregnancy. Disruptions in the amniotic fluid, such as bacterial infection, could potentially be dangerous to both the mother and baby. “While this study’s findings do not show a direct causal relationship between periodontal diseases and adverse pregnancy outcomes, it is still important for women to pay special attention to their oral health during pregnancy,” explained Dr. Miller, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.

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