A Call To Care
Baby Teeth: CSM's Prenatal Dental Program
The connection between oral health and overall health is
we’re just beginning to discover how oral health affects those not yet born.
“Oral care is particularly important during pregnancy, as hormonal changes
make the gums more susceptible to swelling and infection,” says Bill Solberg,
Director of Community Services for Columbia St. Mary’s.
He adds, “Some studies point to
a link between oral diseases and poor birth outcomes such as prematurity and
low birth weight, which can cause infant deaths. But more research is needed.”
It was with that need in mind that this past January,
Columbia St. Mary’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic launched a bold, new
project to provide free dental care to expectant mothers.
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