By Dr. Karl Anderson
A few months ago I received the exciting news from my wife we will soon be expecting our second child. Instantly my mind started thinking of all of the blessings and excitement as well the responsibilities that will come. I know there is a mountain of things that all mothers must take care of in order to ensure a happy and healthy birth of a child into this world, but one of the most important things a mother can do is take care of herself. This includes prenatal, proper diet, exercise, adequate rest, and all too often forgotten proper dental care.
As a dentist, one of the things I encouraged my wife to add to her already busy schedule was a proper cleaning and exam. When women are pregnant hormonal changes cause an increase in certain strains of cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria. Many times, just like my wife experienced with our first child, women will experience their first cavities, fillings, and periodontal issues post-partum. Further, it has been proven time and time again, parents, this includes dad, with poor oral health transfer cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria to their children. This happens in ways as simple as sharing food with your children.
So there you have it. If you want to do a loving thing for the biggest blessing in your life, your family, start by taking good care of yourself with good oral care.