The group advised ob-gyns to perform routine dental health assessments during the first prenatal visit. It's also advised that ob-gyns encourage women to see a dentist during pregnancy.
The article mentioned that dental problems are associated with other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and more. Pregnancy can cause physical changes in both the teeth and gums, so it?s important for women to see a dentist if necessary. The article also said that dental problems during pregnancy are most common among smokers, black women, and women on public assistance.
Several benefits come with good dental health during pregnancy. It can decrease the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria from mother to child, which can help reduce the child's risk of cavities.
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Monica Barudin is the Associate Managing Editor for Dental Product Shopper and Hygiene Product Shopper.