It is already known that periodontal disease is linked to increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
Now, research has linked periodontal disease to impaired fertility in women, as well as higher risk of low birthweight and premature birth. Since women are more vulnerable to gum disease during pregnancy, this means it is especially important for women who are pregnant or who intend to become so to see their dentists regularly.
Oh, by the way, taking the birth control pill appears to make gum disease worse.
And, lest you think men are off the hook here, male infertility has also been linked to gum disease. Sorry guys, looks like you still need to floss.
Just in case you think regular flossing is optional, or were putting off that next trip to the dentist.