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Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn't smoke and hadn't taken hormone replacement therapy, bone loss prevention drugs or diabetes medications for at least five years. The women's gums were examined and their fracture risk was assessed on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool (FRAX), which takes into account factors such as weight, height, previous fractures, arthritis, smoking and diabetes. Many of those factors are also associated with gum disease, the researchers noted. Women with high fracture risk scores also showed the strongest signs of gum disease, a finding that suggests that fracture risk could be a reliable indicator of gum disease, according to the ... Read more

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Stillborn Case Linked to Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

Posted 22 Jan 2010 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 22 – A new report shows the first documented link between fetal death and a mother's pregnancy-related gum disease. The patient, a 35-year-old woman, delivered a full-term stillborn baby in Santa Monica, Calif. During her pregnancy, she had experienced severe gum bleeding, a symptom of pregnancy-related gingivitis. Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to bleeding gums, with an estimated 75 percent of pregnant women experiencing the problem, the study authors noted. But, they explained, bleeding in the gums allows bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and potentially infect a fetus unless it is stopped by the immune system. In the case of this patient, postmortem tests suggest that bacteria from the mouth entered the bloodstream, traveled to the placenta and infected and killed the fetus, according to the report in the February issue of Obstetrics & ... Read more

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