Q: Is it true that gum disease can cause premature labor?

A: “The bacteria that is a consequence of gum disease can cause premature labor and delivery. It is proposed that the bacteria, which is swallowed, can infect the placenta. Studies have demonstrated that patients who underwent a repeat Caesarian section with no labor had bacteria from the mouth present on the placenta! We suggest you have regular cleanings from your dentist.”

Dr. Evelyn Minaya is a host of The Juice, Veria Living’s flagship lifestyle audience talk show, covering celebrities, food, fitness, fashion, beauty, health, and pop culture. A board-certified OB/GYN and women’s health expert, Dr. Evelyn is a graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University and the SUNY Health Science Center, an affiliate of New York University.