What is it about?

It recommends the application of a diagnostic test for periodontal disease to screen mothers at risk for preterm delivery of low birthweight infants.

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Why is it important?

If health workers at ante natal clinics are able to detect periodontal disease using this simple test, they can refer the mothers for dental therapy to reduce their risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.


The holistic well being of both mother and infant can be achieved by bridging the gap between obstetrician/gynecologist and oral health practitioner in ante natal assessments.

Emerita Professor Charlene WJ Africa
University of the Western Cape

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This page is a summary of: A simple point of care test can indicate the need for periodontal therapy to reduce the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes in mothers attending antenatal clinics, Biomarkers, June 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1354750x.2017.1334151.
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