Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Want to prevent gestational diabetes? Try brushing your teeth more often

If you're trying to prevent or manage gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, here's some news you'll find interesting... A study done by a team of researchers at NYU has discovered a link between gum disease and gestational diabetes. Of the 256 women who participated in the study, 22 contracted gestational diabetes (that's a rate of 8.5%!). And of those 22 woman, ALL of them had significantly higher rates of gum inflammation and bacteria than the women who didn't get gestational diabetes.

... So, does this mean that brushing your teeth regularly and visiting your dentist will help you avoid gestational diabetes? Well, the jury's still out on that one... but paying extra attention to your oral hygiene certainly wouldn't hurt! At the very least, it'll give you a brighter smile -- and with that baby growing in your belly, you certainly have a lot to smile about! To read more about this story, please go to: Gum disease linked with gestational diabetes risk

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