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Mother's dental health can affect child
Updated: 2/6/2009 7:00:30 PM

Mother In celebration of National Dental Health Month, two pediatric professors contributed a column to a Texas newspaper about the importance of dental health for an expectant mother.

According to Sally Robinson and Keith Bly, who both teach at University of Texas, children of mothers with high cavity rates are more likely to have cavities when they grow older, the Galveston County newspaper, the Daily News reports.

One way to combat this is for the mother to treat her dental germs immediately after the birth of her child, according to the article. Pregnancy can cause shifts of acid in the mother's mouth, which may in turn cause the overgrowth of cavity-causing germs.

Though these germs usually retreat naturally from the mother's mouth from about six to 30 months after the child's birth, there are ways to avoid passing on poor dental health to one's new born.

The professors suggest avoiding sharing spoons with a child and use orally cleaning pacifiers, states the Daily News. Mothers should brush their teeth twice daily and floss at least every other day.

New moms should also drink fruit juice only at meals and avoid carbonated beverages during the first 30 months of the infant's life, wrote Robinson and Bly.

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