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Pregnant women should be more aware of their dental health
Updated: 9/20/2010 5:00:12 PM

Pregnant women should be more aware of their dental health According to the CDC, good dental hygiene is needed to help prevent gingivitis, which can also occur during pregnancy. The Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) shows women who are pregnant need to be more conscious about their oral health, according to the Public News Service.

Researchers discovered that those who are expecting take less care of their dental health during their pregnancy than both before and after. Joanna Douglass, oral health consultant for the CHF, told the website that new moms are "potentially leery about getting dental care."

The CHF is putting forth $5.4 million over the next six years to help pregnant women and children who cannot afford dental care receive the services they need.

Douglass says the main reason the investment will focus toward these women and children up to age 5 is because decay caused during a pregnancy can be passed onto the fetus and "pregnant women's oral health can have a profound influence on the child's oral health."

One way pregnant women can prevent oral problems is by finding affordable low-cost care. Discount dental plans provide inexpensive services to these individuals and their families.

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