Oral hygiene, key during pregnancy Oral hygiene, key during pregnancy

Cleaning your teeth and gums can be crucial for the development of your baby.

It seems odd, but oral health during pregnancy is also a determining factor for the child. The website HealthyChildren from the American Academy of Pediatrics states that oral bacteria can reach the uterus through the bloodstream and produce substances called prostaglandins, which are associated with premature births.

Also, according to the website HealthyChildren, gingivitis (swelling of the gums) is likely to occur as a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy, which is also associated with premature birth and low birth weight.

In addition, through what is called vertical transmission, the mother can pass on bacteria to the newborn. This is why oral hygiene, which includes good brushing and flossing, is so important.

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