News for Expectant Moms & New Parents

One of my team members found an interesting research article this week that is definitely worth sharing.  Doctors from Yale & Case Western Reserve have just recently released a study that discovered new bacteria that may be responsible for most premature labor.  The Discovery Channel report says that this previously undiscovered bacteria usually found in the mouth may be responsible for up to 80 percent of early pre-term labors.  Most importantly, the research indicates that preterm births can be prevented by improved oral hygiene and by the use of targeted antibiotics.

We’ve known for several years now that pregnant women with gum disease problems were at a very high risk for premature labor.  Obstetricians and insurance companies have been encouraging expectant mothers to see their dentist at least by their second trimester to have their teeth cleaned and treat any problems with swollen gums.

There is also interesting news to share with new parents.  We’ve all seen studies that show how breast feeding helps infants be more healthy.  Regarding dental decay on teeth of a newborn, research shows that breast feeding not only does not cause cavities, but it actually deposits calcium and other useful nutrients onto the enamel.  It has helps prevent decay!

In our community, we still see too many children that have very high decay rates.  We learned about seven to eight years ago that if either parent has a high decay rate when their child’s first teeth erupt, their child will have a much greater chance of always having decay problems.  All of us understand that parents are going to be in close contact with their baby – including kisses and hugs.  The close contact causes the bacteria in a parent’s mouth to get spread to their child.  So if the parent has bacteria that have caused lots of cavities, that bacteria gets spread to the child.  This information shows how important it is for parents to see their dentist – for their child’s sake.

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Cavities Can Be Contagious

The Lexington Herald-Leader published an article on Sunday titled “Kentucky’s dental disaster begins before kindergarten,” about the severe problems dentists see in too many children in Kentucky.  The author, Sarah Vos, did a good job showing the problems our state faces regarding children’s dental health.  Toward the end of the article, she discussed a fact that has only been known for a few years – cavities can be contagious.  If a parent has a high decay rate (“lots of cavities”), it’s very likely that their child will also have the same problem.  While part of the problem is related to the family’s habits and dental visits, a large part is that the family is fighting a bacterial infection – the bacteria that cause tooth decay.  Researchers within just the last ten years discovered that if either of a child’s parents have a high decay rate when the child’s teeth are first erupting, at around age 5-7 months, the child will often catch the parent’s infection.  Decay in baby teeth usually transfer to adult teeth when they come in. In severe cases, decay can lead to serious infections – and even death.

The good news is there are solutions.  The first step is a professional dental exam for your child.  If a high decay rate is found, the problem can be resolved, but it requires a very thorough approach.  Treatment includes getting rid of all of the cavities, modifying the family’s diet, and the use of fluorides and prescription anti-bacterial mouthwashes.  It’s also best to treat the entire family, not just the child.

Beginning in 2010, children entering school in Kentucky will be required to have a dental screening.  If you or your child have unmet dental needs, you can SAVE on future dental expenses by getting those needs taken care of now.  Untreated dental problems often have no symptoms, but they always get worse over time.  Click here for a special offer for a complete exam and x-rays at no charge for new patients. We want to help you and your family avoid serious problems.  Your teeth and your mouth will thank you for it…and you’ll be healthier overall!

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Mailing address: P.O. Box 474, Flemingsburg, KY 41041