/span/span div style="float:right;width:305px;display:inline;font-size:13px;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;line-height:16px;" img src="http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/53863000/jpg/_53863023_m7800052-young_woman_using_dental_floss-spl.jpg" width="304" height="171" alt="SPL"span style="width:304px;"Women trying for a baby should get a dental check-up/span /div div class="story-feature related narrow"Related Stories/div p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1"Women who want the best chance of having a baby should make sure they floss their teeth regularly, say doctors./p pPoor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity - delaying conception by about two months./p pExperts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum disease took over seven months to conceive, compared to the usual five months./p pThey believe the underlying cause is inflammation./p pUnchecked, this can set off a chain of reactions capable of damaging the body's normal workings. /p pPeridontal disease has already been linked with heart disease, type 2 diabetes and miscarriage, plus poor sperm quality in men./p pIn this latest study from Australia, which involved over 3,500 women, those with gum disease had raised blood levels of markers for inflammation./p pLead researcher Professor Roger Hart, of the University of Western Australia, said: "Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman's chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy."/p pHe said women trying for a baby should now add a trip to their dentist to the check list along with stopping smoking and drinking, maintaining a healthy weight and taking folic acid supplements./p pUK fertility expert Dr Allan Pacey said: "It's common sense advice really to make sure you are in a healthy condition if you want to try for a baby."/p pAround 10% of the population is believed to have severe periodontal disease./ppThis article is from the a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk" title="Link to BBC News"BBC News website/a. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=n6jQDOjuC-A:pCtUTUrHfro:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=n6jQDOjuC-A:pCtUTUrHfro:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?i=n6jQDOjuC-A:pCtUTUrHfro:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=n6jQDOjuC-A:pCtUTUrHfro:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?i=n6jQDOjuC-A:pCtUTUrHfro:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/bbcnewshealthfullfeed/~4/n6jQDOjuC-A" height="1" width="1"/