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Expectant mothers' dental health passes to baby
Updated: 8/5/2009 3:00:58 PM

Expectant mothers Protecting future generations is another reason to practice good dental health as new information indicates that a mother's oral health can affect that of her unborn child.

An article in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune highlights the fact that cavities are contagious - a sentiment further outlined in an earlier piece on Sacommunities.com in that cavity-causing bacteria can be passed via saliva.

This means that a mother can pass on cavities to her as-yet-unborn baby, the news provider reveals.

In addition, pregnant women with periodontal disease may be at a higher risk of giving birth prematurely.

The news provider further explains that dental checkups are safe and necessary for pregnant women.

According to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease can be caused by a variety of factors. Those who chew or smoke tobacco are at a higher risk and some medications such as cancer therapy drugs or oral contraceptives may make an individual more susceptible to the condition.

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, pregnant women should also try to keep a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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