Did you know that it is important to maintain your oral health during pregnancy? Not only is it important to maintain healthy teeth and gums from a general standpoint, but studies have shown that periodontal disease can increase low birth rate, as well as could be a factor in pre-term births.
In addition to periodontal disease, studies have shown that mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing the bacteria to their growing baby, as well as passing along bacteria in their saliva once the baby is born. This bacteria can cause cavities as your child’s’ teeth begin to erupt, so it is important to understand the cause and effect of this easily transferred bacteria.
Stop the Spread of Cavity-Causing Bacteria
- Maintain regular visits to your dental professional
- Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and free of bacteria
- Ensure you maintain a healthy diet with limited sugar, and acidic food and beverages
- Be sure to use fluorinated toothpaste
- Refrain from sharing utensils, cups or “half-bitten food” with your child
- Chew Xylitol gum (4 pieces per day by the mother) to decrease a child’s caries rate
Have Your Childs Teeth Checked Early & Often
Did you know the Healthy Kids Program is a program offered by the BC Government that helps low-income families with costs associated with basic dental care? If your child is living with you and is under 19 years of age, and your family may qualify for premium assistance by the Medical Services Plan (MSP).
Dental Coverage under the Healthy Kids Program:
Children are eligible for $1400 of basic dental services every two years. This coverage includes services such as exams, x-rays, fillings, cleanings and extractions. Dentists can advise families of other services that may be covered.
For more information visit: http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/2005/healthy_kids.htm
At Dentists R Us, one of our many dental professionals can help you better understand periodontal disease, and how you can prevent it before, during, and after pregnancy. As well as offer you and your child early preventative measures to keep your family’s oral health at it’s optimal best!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | 604.568.2211
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | 604.514.6499
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.5222
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.1110
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | 604.525.1116