Pregnant women’s oral health and healthy babies -- there's a direct link.
A mother-to-be who suffers from periodontal disease is eight times more like to delivery prematurely, or have a low-weight baby. Such moms face increased risks of heart disease and diabetes, and risk spreading their infection to their children.
Pregnancy also makes women more susceptible to plaque build-up, tooth enamel erosion due to nausea and vomiting, cavities from indulging in cravings for sugary and starchy food, and benign growths in their mouths.
Pregnant? Here are some tips:
And for health care providers: