Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dental health and fertility may be linked

It may be a “suggests,” not a cause—but some Aussies compared the rates of periodontal disease with the time it took women to conceive.

They rounded up 1,956 women (average age 31), all trying to get pregnant. Three-fourths had healthy teeth and mouths, while the rest had cavities. Those with cavities took 42% longer to become pregnant.

They theorized that inflammation from the mouth affected the health of the placenta and could affect the health of the pregnancy later.

If you eat sugary things, brush soon or immediately.

Some foods like raisins, cranberries, and green tea may even prevent cavities.

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