Each year, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely or preterm (defined as delivery before the 37th week of pregnancy), and this number is rising, according to the World Health Organization. Preterm babies are at greater risk of experiencing serious health problems.
Over the last several decades, multiple studies have shown a link between poor oral health and increased occurrence of preterm birth. Researchers have looked at various ways to improve dental health during pregnancy, but now researchers have discovered an easy and inexpensive way to improve oral health and reduce preterm births.
A new study offers findings that suggest that daily use of xylitol chewing gum starting pre- or early pregnancy significantly reduced the number of preterm births. Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in fruits and vegetables and is commonly used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum.
Results showed a significant reduction in preterm birth among those who chewed the xylitol-containing gum and fewer low birth weight babies, those weighing 5.5 pounds or less. Participants also saw an improvement in their oral health.
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