While the relationship between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes is still being explored, good oral health during pregnancy can give babies a healthy head start. And with Delta Dental, your employees can do exactly that.

A mother’s health greatly impacts her baby, and oral health is no exception. Expectant mothers with poor oral health may be at higher risk of pre-term delivery and of passing disease-causing bacteria to their child. Women with untreated dental decay or gum disease during pregnancy and after delivery are likely to transmit the bacteria that cause these infections to their babies.1 2 That’s why it’s a smart move for your employees to get a dentist recommendation to take advantage of Delta Dental’s additional cleaning during pregnancy. Not only can additional cleanings reduce bacteria, it’s a great opportunity for expectant mothers to learn healthy oral habits they can instill in their children.

Extra cleanings can help expectant mothers improve their oral health, and in turn, encourage their dependents to develop healthy habits from the start. From pregnancy to any one of life’s stages, we have plenty of resources that make it easy for your employees to practice healthy oral habits.

  • Visit our SmileWay® Wellness site for downloadable flyers, posters and booklets you can share with enrollees.
  • Encourage enrollees to Subscribe to Grin!, our free oral health e‑magazine, which offers advice that’s both fun and useful.

1 Benjamin Chaffee, et. al. Maternal oral bacteria levels predict early childhood caries development. Journal of Dental Research 93, no. 3. March 2014; 238–244.

2 Snyder, Andrew. Oral health and the triple aim: evidence and strategies to improve care and reduce costs. National Academy for State Health Policy. April 2015; 4.