There May Be A Link Between Pregnancy and Tooth Loss
(BlackDoctor.org) — There’s some truth to the old wives’ tale that “for every child, the mother loses a tooth,” according to a New York University professor who found that women with more children are more likely to have missing teeth.
Dr. Stefanie Russell, an assistant professor of epidemiology and health promotion, examined data on 2,635 women, ages 18 to 64, who reported at least one pregnancy in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The findings were published online in the American Journal of Public Health.
“This is the first time we’ve seen a connection between pregnancy and tooth loss affecting women at all socioeconomic levels in a large, heterogeneous sample of the U.S. population,” Russell said in a prepared statement.