6 Dental Facts for Pregnant Moms and Babies

Pregnant women who don’t brush their teeth, floss daily or schedule dental checkups may deliver babies early and at a low birth weight. Review these six dental facts:

  1. 40 percent – That’s the number of pregnant women who have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that slowly and painlessly destroys the gums and bones that hold teeth in place.
  2. Seven times – Pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to have small, premature babies.
  3. 35 percent – This number represents the number of American women who did not have a dental exam within the past 12 months, according to a report from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  4. 56 percent – More than half of expectant women in the U.S. did not visit the dentist during pregnancy.
  5. Bacteria transfer – Moms (and dads) with tooth decay easily can transfer oral bacteria to their baby. Oral bacteria can attack baby teeth as they erupt and cause decay. Streptococcus bacteria can be passed through saliva, which occurs when parents blow on baby food, share utensils or kiss baby’s lips. Parents are encouraged to wipe baby’s teeth with a soft cloth to remove sugars from milk or foods and brush teeth with a tiny dab of fluoridated toothpaste designed for kids.
  6. 50 percent – Up to 50 percent of high-risk children develop cavities by age 2.

Read this blog to learn more about how oral bacteria can affect your body.

Florida Department of Health
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
University of Washington
NBC News