The Link Between Pregnancy and Oral Health

Have you recently become pregnant? If so, congratulations are certainly in
order! However, let’s also remember that the health of your child depends upon the lifestyle habits that you choose to adopt.

One frequently overlooked variable involves the condition of your teeth and

For instance, did you know that pregnant mothers with untreated cavities may be exposing their child to the very same risks?

Studies have likewise found that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be
transmitted to a fetus. This may result in serious consequences such as
premature births and low birth weights. Thus, it is crucial to consult with a
dentist for regular examinations as well as if you suspect that a problem is

Let’s once again list three important takeaway points:
– Issues with the teeth such as cavities can affect the oral health of an unborn child.
– The bacteria associated with gum disease may be passed on to a fetus.
– The best way to ensure the health of your child is to obtain regular dental

“During your next checkup, let your dentist know that you’re expecting.”
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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.