Want to get pregnant? Brush and floss your teeth regularly

Women who want to have a baby should brush their teeth and floss regularly, according to an Australian research.

It found that poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying the chances of conceiving by about two months.

The study, which involved 3737 pregnant women, is the first to conclusively link gum disease with female fertility.

`Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman`s chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy,` said Roger Hart, who is Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) and Medical Director of Fertility Specialists of Western Australia.

The researchers, who followed a group 3737 pregnant women, analysed information on pregnancy planning and pregnancy outcomes for 3416 of them.

They found that women with gum disease took an average of just over seven months to become pregnant – two months longer than the average of five months that it took women without gum disease to conceive.

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