Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dental hygiene even more important when pregnant

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Which one of these toothbrushes is more important for baby's health? It may well be that it is mother's, if she has made good use of it in pregnancy, and of dental floss and picks and the like. With healthy teeth and gums the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight is considerably lower, as studies in Milwaukee, Brazil, North Carolina and China have shown - to name only the most recent ones.

Obviously the bacteria that cause gum disease also affect the growth of the fetus. Preterm delivery and low birth weight are only the tip of the iceberg that can easily be measured. Much more important is the growth of inner organs such as brain, heart, lungs and others. In the early weeks of gestation important switches are set for better or worse health later in life.

Living with low birth weight

Every baby is unique and different from others. Therefore, a low birth weight does not necessarily predict a worse health. For a small baby, a slow, steady growth is better than a fast catching up with weight. Read more ...

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