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Can my unborn baby get infected from dental problems?

Your mouth contains millions of bacteria at any given time and you will have a higher "bacterial load" if you have periodontal disease, dental caries (tooth decay), or other oral health problems. These bacteria are passed on to your infant by kissing and other contacts with your infant and may predispose your infant to dental caries. This risk can be minimized if you practice good preventive oral health behaviors and receive regular dental care. Some research suggests that the antimicrobial mouthwash chlorhexidine (Peridex) or chewing sugarless gum with xylitol might also help reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth.

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