Periodontal infections and pre-term low birth weight: a case-control study.


Buduneli N. G. , BAYLAS H., BUDUNELI E. , TURKOGLU O., KOSE T. , DAHLEN G.

Journal of clinical periodontology, vol.32, no.2, pp.174-81, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1600-051x.2005.00670.x
  • Title of Journal : Journal of clinical periodontology
  • Page Numbers: pp.174-81

Abstract

Objective: Pre-term delivery of low-birth-weight infants [pre-term low birth weight (PLBW)] remains a significant public health issue and a major cause of neonatal death and long-term health problems. There is a growing consensus that infections remote from fetal-placental unit may influence PLBW infants. Recent studies have suggested that maternal periodontal disease may be an independent risk factor for PLBW. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the possible link between periodontal infections and PLBW by means of clinical and microbiological data in post-partum women with low socioeconomic level.