22 Jan 18

If you’re expecting, your dentist or doctor may have advised you how – and how important it is – to keep your mouth healthy during pregnancy.

You may have even read our blog post on the topic here.

But two things you might not realise are that your oral health can actually affect the outcome of your birth… and that your caries, or cavity-causing bacteria, can be passed onto your baby.

The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to protect both your teeth and your bundle of joy.

Boost your oral health and reduce your risk

It’s a little-known fact that studies have found associations between periodontal infections and birth complications.

Though these studies haven’t shown that pregnancy outcomes improve with dental treatment, poor oral health in pregnant women could be linked to issues like pre-eclampsia, pre-term birth, and low-birth-weight infants.

By maintaining proper dental hygiene (that means brushing using a fluoride toothpaste like BioMinF, eating small amounts of nutritious food throughout the day, and visiting your dentist for check-ups and cleaning as usual), you can minimise any risk for your baby and look after yourself too.

Beyond birth: keeping your family cavity-free

After birth, it’s just as important to keep up this routine; though there is still a lot to be understood on the topic, leading dental experts have conducted research that links maternal and paediatric oral health.

Dr. Rocio Quinonez, DMD, MPH, says:

“Mothers with cavities have kids with cavities. There is a biological connection.”