Obstetric outcomes after treatment of periodontal disease during pregnancy: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Panhellenic Association for Continual Medical Research (PACMeR), Athens, Greece.
BMJ British medical journal (Impact Factor: 16.3). 12/2010; 341:c7017. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c7017
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To examine whether treatment of periodontal disease with scaling and root planing during pregnancy is associated with a reduction in the preterm birth rate.
Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
Cochrane Central Trials Registry, ISI Web of Science, Medline, and reference lists of relevant studies to July 2010; hand searches in key journals.
Randomised controlled trials including pregnant women with documented periodontal disease randomised to either treatment with scaling and root planing or no treatment.
Data were extracted by two independent investigators, and a consensus was reached with the involvement a third. Methodological quality of the studies was assessed with the Cochrane's risk of bias tool, and trials were considered either high or low quality. The primary outcome was preterm birth (<37 weeks). Secondary outcomes were low birthweight infants (<2500 g), spontaneous abortions/stillbirths, and overall adverse pregnancy outcome (preterm birth <37 weeks and spontaneous abortions/stillbirths).
11 trials (with 6558 women) were included. Five trials were considered to be of high methodological quality (low risk of bias), whereas the rest were low quality (high or unclear risk of bias). Results among low and high quality trials were consistently diverse; low quality trials supported a beneficial effect of treatment, and high quality trials provided clear evidence that no such effect exists. Among high quality studies, treatment had no significant effect on the overall rate of preterm birth (odds ratio 1.15, 95% confidence interval 0.95 to 1.40; P=0.15). Furthermore, treatment did not reduce the rate of low birthweight infants (odds ratio 1.07, 0.85 to 1.36; P=0.55), spontaneous abortions/stillbirths (0.79, 0.51 to 1.22; P=0.28), or overall adverse pregnancy outcome (preterm births <37 weeks and spontaneous abortions/stillbirths) (1.09, 0.91 to 1.30; P=0.34).
Treatment of periodontal disease with scaling and root planing cannot be considered to be an efficient way of reducing the incidence of preterm birth. Women may be advised to have periodical dental examinations during pregnancy to test their dental status and may have treatment for periodontal disease. However, they should be told that such treatment during pregnancy is unlikely to reduce the risk of preterm birth or low birthweight infants.

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    • "There are also results from studies suggesting that periodontal care patterns or treatment of the disease during pregnancy is not associated with changes in the risk for LBW delivery (Hujoel et al, 2006; Michalowicz et al, 2006; Oliveira et al, 2011). Recent supporting meta-analyses further illustrate that treatment with scaling and root planing in this period is not protective statistically (Fogacci et al, 2011; Polyzos et al, 2010). "
    02/2014; DOI:10.5171/2014.469747
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    • "Numerous meta-analyses and systematic reviews of periodontitis treatment and pregnancy outcomes have been published in the recent past, including at least eight since 2010 (Pimentel Lopes De Oliveira et al. 2010, Polyzos et al. 2010, Uppal et al. 2010, Chambrone et al. 2011, Fogacci et al. 2011, George et al. 2011, Xiong et al. 2011, Kim et al. 2012). Notably, these reviews have included most of same randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in 2011 or earlier (Lopez et al. 2002, 2005, Jeffcoat et al. 2003, 2011b, Michalowicz et al. 2006, Offenbacher et al. 2006, 2009, Sadatmansouri et al. 2006, Tarannum & Faizuddin 2007, Newnham et al. 2009, Radnai et al. 2009, Macones et al. 2010, Oliveira et al. 2011). "
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    • "Even if new periodontal pockets appear and revert after pregnancy [12], it is important to take into consideration that preventing inflammation during pregnancy should be a therapeutic objective. Although treatment and prevention of PD are known to improve oral health status during pregnancy, no studies have yet shown that these therapies are definitively able to reduce adverse delivery outcomes [35,36]. Therefore, it is of clinical interest to evaluate individual risks of changes in PD during pregnancy so that adequate planning of periodontal therapy may be implemented [35]. "
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