Happy Mother's Day
We are wishing all of the moms, step-moms, and mom-to-bes a very happy Mothers Day, which this year will fall on Sunday, May 13th. We all get a lot from our mothers - physical attributes, personalities, etc. But did you know that you get much of your oral bacteria from your mother? Babies are actually born with essentially a sterile mouth, and within the first two days of life pick up flora from people or things that are in close contact. For most of us, our mothers appear at the top of the list. This is important because, along with diet and oral hygiene, the biofilm in your mouth can increase your risk for cavities or gum disease. Therefore, the World Health Organization as well as many dental organizations recommend specific health guidelines for mothers and caregivers. First, dental health should be a focal point of every pregnancy so that the chance of negative transmission can be reduced. Furthermore, practices such as kissing the baby on the mouth or sharing a spoon or pacifier should be avoided. Finally, making sure all those in close contact with the baby limit interactions with potential for saliva sharing and have good oral health can greatly reduce your child's susceptibility to early dental problems. Moms, you have such a big impact on your childrens' lives, don't forget how much you might affect their smile!