Perinatal and Infant Oral Health
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to your dentist about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.
Mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing the bacteria which causes cavities to their young children. Mother's should follow these simple steps to decrease the risk of spreading cavity-causing bacteria:
Visit your dentist every 6 months
Brush and floss twice daily to reduce bacterial plaque.
Proper diet while minimizing consumption of beverages and foods high in sugar.
Use a fluoridated toothpaste and rinse every night with an alocohol-free, over-the-counter mouth rinse with .05 % sodium fluoride in order to reduce plaque levels.
Don't share utensils, cups or food with your children. This can transmit cavity causing bacteria.