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Benefits of dental care for expectant mothers outweigh potential consequences, says CDA

Posted On Tue, March 16, 2010

In an attempt to make sure expectant mothers keep every part of their bodies in the best condition possible, the California Dental Association has released new guidelines on how to maintain proper dental health during a pregnancy.

The guidelines were developed by an expert panel following a 2009 meeting to review data on the treatment of oral diseases and the outcomes of related pregnancies along with the help of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The studies found that common pathogenic bacteria that can end up causing dental cavities in a mother's mouth can be transmitted to an infant in any behavior in which saliva is shared.

In order to help prevent bacteria from being transferred to a young child, the CDA concluded that timely diagnosis and treatment of dental disease for expectant are "highly beneficial and far outweigh the known risks of not obtaining care."

"Despite the multiple benefits of dental care for mothers and their babies, many women have nagging concerns about its safety during pregnancy," added Dr. Lindsey Robinson, chair of the CDA Foundation board. "We hope these guidelines put to rest some of those worries and make dental treatment a recognized staple of prenatal care."

For expectant mothers who are worried about their dental health and want care, it may be work seeking out their health insurance provider to see if they are eligible for dental benefits that could cover any procedures.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19672362-ADNFCR

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