There are a lot of things we can thank mothers for, and although a good level of oral care may not be the first thing that comes to mind, it's extremely important.
Find out just how motherhood and our teeth related.
Periodontal disease versus premature birth
Pregnancy can lead to an array of dental problems for some women, such as an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease.
The change in hormone levels affect the body's defence of plaque, causing three out of every four pregnant women to experience a worsened bout of gingivitis, according to Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV).
Research from the Victoria State Government's Better Health Channel also found that gum disease in pregnant women is linked to an increased risk of premature birth. Their findings showed that around 18 out of every 100 premature births may be triggered by periodontal disease. Thankfully, receiving appropriate dental treatment and maintaining a healthy level of oral care may help to lower the risk of premature birth.
Happier mum, better teeth
From the moment a child's teeth start to erupt (usually around the age of six months), a mother will start demonstrating how the child can begin practising good dental habits in the hopes that they will continue this strong dental routine for years to come, and understand the importance of doing so.
These ideals are showcased in a study by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which set out to explore how maternal attitude affects the dental status of the mothers and children involved. The results revealed that the more positive a mother's attitude was regarding herself, the lower the rate of tooth decay (caries rate). Additionally, the more positive a mother's attitude was towards her own offspring the better the child's oral hygiene, the more dental treatment received, and the less caries present
The studies mentioned share one thing in common: the better the oral care, the fewer complications.
By maintaining a strong dental routine throughout all developmental stages of your life, you'll not only ensure your teeth remain happy and healthy, you'll also be able to pass on your good habits to future offspring. If you're overdue a check-up, get in touch with the team at City Dentists today, or click here to book.