Periodontal disease treatment does not affect pregnancy outcomes
David Leader DMD, MPH Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University
Systematic Review Conclusion
Periodontal disease treatment does not lower the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight or both.
Critical Summary Assessment
Although periodontal disease treatment is recommended during pregnancy, the results of a systematic review of 13 randomized controlled clinical trials, for which a meta-analysis was conducted in 11 of the trials, do not indicate that there is a lower risk of preterm birth or low birth weight.
Evidence Quality Rating
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