Common periodontal pathogen ‘may hinder conception’

A common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in women, according to a study conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Previous studies have shown that periodontal diseases may be a risk for general health, but no data on the specific influence of periodontal bacteria on conception or becoming pregnant has been available until now.

Susanna Paju, periodontist and researcher at the University of Helsinki, said: "Our results encourage young women of fertile age to take care of their oral health and attend periodontal evaluations regularly.”

The study revealed that porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with periodontal diseases, was significantly more frequently detected in the saliva of women who did not become pregnant during the one-year follow-up period than in those who did.

According to the researchers, the levels of salivary and serum antibodies against this pathogen were also significantly higher in women who did not become pregnant.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801836795-ADNFCR