Periodontal disease and birth outcomes

2003

The continuing problem of preterm low birthweight pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. is of concern because of significant consequences to maternal and child health, high costs, long-term disease burden, and individual suffering.

In this 2003 report, CDHP finds that infants born prematurely in the U.S. account for 6 to 9 percent of all births, but 70% of all perinatal deaths and half of long-term neurologic morbidity. Low birthweight associated with premature delivery is the “major underlying cause of infant mortality and childhood morbidity.Economic consequences exceed $5 billion annually.

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Children with poor oral health were nearly 3x more likely to miss school due to dental pain.
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