When you discover that you’re pregnant, it’s an exciting time. It’s also intimidating, considering you must consider your child’s dental and overall health. The term “perinatal” refers to the period between twenty and twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy. The perinatal period also extends up to four weeks after birth. Preparing for your child’s birth is daunting, and most mothers aren’t considering dental checkups. 

It is suggested that there is a link between periodontal disease (diseases of the gums) in mothers and premature babies. Babies with low birth weight, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes are also at risk for gum disease. If the mother maintains her oral health, the baby can have good oral health too.

Perinatal Checkups and Why They’re Important

Cariogenic bacteria in mothers is linked with adverse outcomes for babies and children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that pregnant women get regular checkups and counseling to prevent, intervene, and treat any possible problems.

What are some tips for oral perinatal care?

Consistent Dental Appointments – Ensuring that you visit your dentist regularly while pregnant is an excellent way to boost what you’re doing at home and gain insight into more that you can do. While there, you can also ensure that your teeth are in good shape and you don’t have any oral or gum disease.

Caring for Your Infant’s Teeth

Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from the parent to the child, and most parents aren’t aware of this fact. Cavities often happen when sharing utensils and “cleaning” pacifiers with your mouth. Using different utensils than your child and rinsing pacifiers under running water is suggested to prevent transmission of cariogenic bacteria.

There are other ways to ensure your child’s oral health:

Speaking to Your Dentist About Infant Oral Health

Having a baby is a beautiful time in your life, and your pediatric dentist can guide you through the trials of infant oral health.