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Title: Periodontal disease - The emergence of a risk for systemic conditions: Pre-term low birth weight
Authors: Yeo, B.K.
Lim, L.P. 
Paquette, D.W.
Williams, R.C.
Keywords: Periodontal medicine
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Yeo, B.K.,Lim, L.P.,Paquette, D.W.,Williams, R.C. (2005). Periodontal disease - The emergence of a risk for systemic conditions: Pre-term low birth weight. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 34 (1) : 111-116. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of adverse pregnancy outcome in relation to periodontal disease. There is compelling evidence that a link exists between pre-term low birth weight (PLBW) and periodontitis. Although 25% to 50% of PLBW deliveries occur without any known aetiology, there is increasing evidence that infection may play a significant role in pre-term delivery. A model explaining the plausible relationship is proposed based upon the concept of infection leading to a cascade of inflammatory reactions associated with pre-term labour and periodontal disease. Current evidence has pointed to an interest in dental intervention studies to control periodontal disease as one of the potential strategies to reduce pre-term labour. This paper reviews the potential association between periodontal infection and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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