The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to us about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.
Also, mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing along the bacteria which cause cavities to their young children. Mothers should follow these simple steps to decrease the risk of spreading cavity-causing bacteria:
- Visit our office regularly.
- Brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce bacterial plaque.
- Pursue a proper diet, with a reduction of beverages and foods high in sugar and starch.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste recommended by the ADA and rinse every night with an alcohol-free, over-the-counter mouth rinse that has .05 % sodium fluoride in order to reduce plaque levels.
- Don’t share utensils, cups, or food which can cause the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your children.
- Use of xylitol chewing gum (four pieces per day by the mother) can decrease a child’s caries rate.