A quick note for current and future moms...

It is well known that during pregnancy, your health directly affects that of your unborn child.  This is no different for your oral health.  It may be easy to neglect your dental care with everything else going on during that time. However, this can have adverse effects on your baby in utero as well as after birth.  Maternal periodontal disease has been associated with a risk for premature delivery and low birth weight.  Pathogenic bacteria that cause periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and therefore affect the developing placenta and fetus. In addition, untreated dental decay(cavities) in your mouth can adversely affect your children's teeth.  The strains of bacteria that cause decay can be transmitted to your child's mouth through very simple means like kissing on the lips, spoon sharing, etc.  When these virulent bacteria become the dominant strains in the mouth, they can cause your child to be more susceptible to early childhood tooth decay.

So remember, by addressing your own oral health needs, you are indeed caring for your children.  Set a good example, and don't let your health affect that of your children.