The Dental Health Blog does it’s best to keep you up-to-date on the latest dental health news and headlines. Sometimes the news is good and sometimes it’s bad. This month, we think there is a bit of both good and bad news.
Link Between Maternal Periodontitis and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
The relationship between maternal periodontitis (gum disease in pregnant women) and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been investigated in many studies in recent years. Periodontal disease is common during pregnancy and although it has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birthweight and pre-eclampsia, systematic reviews attempting to clarify these associations have reached mixed conclusions. (American Dental Association)
Twenty-three systematic reviews… were included in the overview. None of the systematic reviews reported the association between periodontal disease and maternal or perinatal mortality. Systematic reviews with the lowest risk of bias consistently demonstrated positive associations between periodontal disease and risk of preterm birth.
“Consistent evidence from systematic reviews with low risk of bias indicates that pregnant women with periodontal disease are at increased risk of developing preeclampsia and delivering a preterm and/or [low birthweight] baby,” and that “Research is needed to develop novel preventive and treatment strategies,” according to researchers.
Talk Therapy to Eases Fear of the Dentist: Study finds talk therapy helped many overcome phobias about dental visits.
Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia.
In the study, British investigators tried an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a short-term treatment typically involving six to 10 sessions.
“CBT works by providing individuals with skills to address their fear,” said lead researcher Tim Newton, a professor of psychology at King’s College London Dental Institute.
After the sessions, which focused on replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, the patients took away a set of skills to help tackle their anxiety, Newton explained. (EverydayHealth.com)
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