Colgate Oral Care Report Series- Volume 23 – No 2 – Is Periodontitis an Independent Risk Factor for Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Among HIV-Positive Women?

Dominick P. DePaola

There have been conflicting reports from studies assessing whether periodontitis is related to negative neonatal outcomes including preterm birth (PTB; less than 37 weeks of gestation), low birth weight (LBW; less than 2,500g at birth), and preeclampsia.

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This issue of the Colgate Oral Care report will review this topic among HIV-Positive Women as well as The Efficacy of a Three-Day Antibiotic Regimen in Managing Acute Dentoalveolar Abscess, Risk Assessment for Autoimmune Diseases, and Salivary Diagnostics for Periodontal Disease.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand why periodontitis may be a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes among HIV-positive women.
  • See the value of a three-day antibiotic regimen in managing acute dentoalveolar abscess.
  • Discover how dental professionals can recognize symptoms and assess the risk for development of autoimmune disease.
  • Learn about the role saliva can play in the diagnosis of periodontal disease.