According to a study done by researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry, pregnant women with periodontal disease are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than women with healthy gums. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes in which a woman develops insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels during the course of her pregnancy.
Not only are pregnant women at risk during pregnancy with gestational diabetes, but a child born from a gestational pregnancy are at higher risk for obesity and obtaining type 2 diabetes later in life. Though there is no current main cause of gestational diabetes, the link to gum disease is present.
A research conducted with 256 pregnant women found that all of the women who had gestational diabetes also had higher levels of bacteria found in their gums as well as more inflammation in those areas than women who didn’t develop gestational diabetes.
With that data, researchers strongly urge expectant mothers to visit a dentist for the sake of themselves and their children.
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