Utah Oral Health Coalition Public Awareness Campaign

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Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in the gum tissue that if left untreated can destroy the bone supporting the teeth. Mothers with periodontal disease are at risk for low birth weight and preterm babies. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies who are born preterm or with low birth weight may be at risk for long-term health concerns including respiratory problems, delayed motor skills, learning disabilities as well as vision and hearing loss.

By eating the right nutrients and taking care of your teeth, you can lower the risk of health concerns for you and your baby. During the three to six-month period of pregnancy a baby’s teeth start to develop; by adhering to a healthy well balanced diet the expectant mother can help them form correctly.

A trip to the dentist as the first teeth erupt and no later than age one, helps a child get on track for proper oral hygiene throughout life. Tooth decay, also known as early childhood caries, is extremely common in children younger than age five. Tooth decay occurs when the sugar from food and drinks comes into contact with the bacteria in the mouth creating an acid that attacks the teeth. Children with tooth decay sometimes experience pain and tooth loss.

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