Dr. Carol Scuro is a Dentist practicing in Rochester, New York. Dr. Scuro specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic... more
A possible link has been found between gum (periodontal) disease and the delivery of premature, underweight babies.
Each year, a quarter of one-million babies are born underweight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces). Twenty-five percent without any known risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use and poor nutrition.
Expectant mothers and their families should be aware that any infection during pregnancy is a cause for concern. The health of the mother affects the health of the baby.
Gum disease, like high blood pressure, can be a “silent” infection.
Signs of gum disease include: bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant or are pregnant, you should plan a visit to your dentist as part of your parental care.
Treatment for gum infection should be discussed with the expectant mother and her physician.
While an association was found between gum disease and low birth weight babies, additional research must be conducted to determine whether gum disease actually causes preterm births.
Gum disease risk factors
You are at a higher risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease if the following applies to you:
- If you are 65 years old or older
- If you smoke or use any tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, which can also lead to cancers and heart disease
- If anyone else in your family has been diagnosed with periodontal disease
- If you experience high levels of stress
- If you are taking certain drugs, such as some heart medicines
- If you grind your teeth
- If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
- If you suffer from poor nutritional habits or are overweight
In a lot of people, gum disease is preventable. If any of the above risk factors apply to you, meet with your doctor to come up with a lifestyle plan.
Drs. Emery and Scuro have always treated periodontal (gum) disease to keep their patients healthy. They offer the latest laser treatments for this condition.
Dr. Carol Scuro is a Dentist practicing in Rochester, New York. Dr. Scuro specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
"We know that when you need dental care, the last thing you want to do is hunt down a specialist who will treat your concerns, and schedule a visit for months and months in advance. At Emery and Scuro DMD, PC, we built our practice specifically to cater to our patients' needs — from accidental chipped teeth to pain-free treatment plans, we'll find a way to take care of you and your smile."
Dr. Scuro graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of Pittsburgh before earning her DMD with with academic honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she later taught classes. She completed her residency and served on the teaching staff of The Eastman Dental Center and the Genesee Hospital. Today she maintains a continuing commitment to attending advanced dental training seminars in the various fields that she offers.