Becoming a new mom is a very exciting time for a women. Your life changes drastically by having this little person completely reliant on you and your judgement. Being in the best health is important, because as we all know, mom isn’t allowed a sick day. And as a new mom, you don’t want to make your new baby sick either.
The office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD would like to inform all women planning a family and pregnant “to be” mothers that it is imperative to take care of your dental health as it can effect your babies future.
Pregnant women with cavities and gum disease are two to four times more likely to have a higher risk of having premature and low-birth weight babies. They also have a good chance of passing on their bacteria and bad habits to their children. Many studies have shown that high levels of the hormone progesterone puts pregnant women at a higher risk and more susceptible to gum diseases.
Women with dental problems can easily pass their dental bacteria onto their babies. New mothers, without intention can easily transfer their own bacteria to their babies mouths. The process happens by the most harmless acts of kissing your baby, blowing on food, sipping on a cup or anything that enables the sharing of saliva with your baby.
On a lighter note, this can be prevented. By screening women who are at a higher risk and treating them, we could sharply decrease and almost eliminate the chance of a mother passing on dental bacteria to her child.
If you you are a pregnant mother or are planning a family in the near future, the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD recommends the following:
- Recommendations for mom’s from J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD
- Schedule your yearly appointment with the office of J. C. Duncan DDS, FAGD
- Pregnant women, schedule an appointment as soon as you find out your pregnant
- Make sure all cavities have been properly treated
- Brush your teeth and floss daily