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What is inflammation of the gums and effect on baby?

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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 25 years experience
Preterm low weight: Studies show that mothers who have gum disease are more likely to deliver preterm and low birth weight babies. This is due to the chronic inflammation throughout the body. Specifically, increase in prostaglandins ( a chemical responsible for inflammation). After delivery, bacteria are transmissible to babies. Mommies are more prone to gum infection due to hormonal changes.
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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 10 years experience
Sore gums: Inflamation of the gums would present as red and or swelling of the gums. Most common cause would be from not keeping their teeth clean. Use a clean cloth, gauze, small tooth brush to clean theri teeth and this should resolve in a few days or see your pediatrican if it does not.
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