infant oral care

Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Care

Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Care

Many women do not seek—and are not typically advised to seek—dental care as part of their prenatal care, although pregnancy provides a “teachable moment”. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to your dentist about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.