Non-Alcoholic Mouth-Rinse Might Lower Preterm Birth Incidences

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM), in San Francisco, shows that using non-alcohol mouth-wash which contains cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) might decrease the preterm birth (PTB) incidences. The researchers feel that reduction in severity of periodontal disease is linked to PTB. Preterm birth is one of the major causes of perinatal mortality throughout the world. It is difficult to predict the condition and prevent it.

A clinical study was performed on 204 pregnant women in the 6-20 weeks of gestation. The subjects were divided into four strata: earlier preterm birth (yes/no) and smoking (yes/no). One of the three groups received antimicrobial non-alcoholic (CPC) mouth-rinse. The PTB incidences were significantly less in women using the mouth-rinse than the others. The gestational period and the birth weight were also higher in this group of women.

Thus, it was demonstrated that treating the periodontal disease might be helpful in preventing preterm birth. A simple thing like mouthwash might be the solution to PTB.

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