Prenatal, Perinatal & Infant Oral Health
A child is never too young to begin oral care! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy to reduce the risk of periodontal disease which may cause preterm birth and low birth weight. Additionally, mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing the bacteria which causes cavities to their young children.
These simple steps can help a mother decrease the risk of spreading cavity-causing bacteria:
Visit your dentist regularly.
Brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce bacterial plaque.
Maintain a proper diet and reduce intake of beverages and foods high in sugar & starch.
Use a fluoridated toothpaste recommended by the ADA 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 which can cause the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your children.
Use of xylitol chewing gum (4 pieces per day by the mother) can decrease a child’s caries rate.