“Women who have more children are associated with fewer number of teeth,” says Dr. Stefanie Russell, leader of a team of researchers at New York University College of Dentistry.
But, she stressed that this was not due to the cost of dental care. “People may think this happens because the woman in lower economy levels with many children can not afford to go to the dentist. But we found, this occurs at all economic levels,” said Dr. Russell.
Scientists examined data from 2,635 women, aged 18-64 years old and sorted them into three groups based on their socioeconomic status. Results from these three groups consistently reveal that the more children a woman owns, the more they will lose the tooth, regardless of their socioeconomic.
The key: dental care
According to experts, the most likely cause of this phenomenon is an inflammation in the oral cavity. When pregnant, oral tissue responses to bacteria in the mouth of a woman changes. This causes the mother more susceptible to gum disease. As a result, the more often a woman get pregnant, she is more susceptible to the condition.
Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition and bleeding caused by bacteria that are in the teeth and gums. If untreated, this condition can cause serious illness and even tooth loss.Tagged with: dental health, many child poor dental health, mother dental health,