Probiotics and pregnancy

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Why Oral-Care Probiotics Matter During Pregnancy

From morning sickness to fatigue, pregnancy brings quite the variety of symptoms (all worth it, of course, when baby arrives!).

Expectant moms often take supplements to ensure that they stay in good health and that their baby receives everything they need to develop and thrive.

But did you know that an oral-care probiotic is also an essential part of the mother-to-be’s daily routine? Oral-care probiotics can be beneficial to both mom and baby.

Protect Mom’s Sensitive Gums with an Oral-Care Probiotic

For many pregnant women, flossing and brushing can become a painful experience, thanks to swollen and bleeding gums. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make expectant moms more vulnerable to the pathogenic bacteria that cause inflammation and bleeding.

The good news: Moms-to-be can reduce the pathogenic risk (and improve their gum’s condition) by adding an oral-care probiotic to their routine.

ProBiora oral-care probiotics work by adding back in a proprietary blend of the good bacteria naturally found in the mouth. This helps to crowd out the bad bacteria that prey on our mouths and cause bad breath, cavities and gum disease (especially during pregnancy), particularly where brushing and flossing can’t reach.

It also restores the mouth’s natural balance, as beneficial bacteria are essential to support strong tooth and gum health. That means less inflammation and less gum pain!

And, ProBiora is completely safe for pregnant women; the minty tablets are gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly, with absolutely no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.

Oral-Care Probiotics Also Keep Baby Safe

“An expectant mom’s oral health impacts her fetus’ health, too,” explains Dr. Mark L. Cannon, DDS, MS and Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

“That’s because the mother’s oral microbiome determines that placental microbiome. In turn, the placental microbiome affects the fetal microbiome – and that affects the entire development of the child. An improvement in the mother’s oral microbiome can reduce the cavity rate in her young child for at least five years – and reduce it dramatically, by approximately 71 to 73 percent as demonstrated in studies of mother child pairs by Isokangas and all.”*

Considering that caries (more commonly known as cavities or tooth decay) is one of the most common childhood diseases, the ability to prevent cavities proactively is remarkably important.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 20% of kids between ages 2 and 5 have one or more cavities. By age 8 that number grows to more than 52%. And cavities don’t just impact a child’s smile – poor dental hygiene can affect a child’s heart, kidneys, brain, lungs and blood vessels.

By taking ProBiora while pregnant, a mother can fight the pathogenic bacteria that causes these negative outcomes.

With one easy step, expectant moms can painlessly improve and optimize their oral-care routine, while benefiting their baby too. It’s super simple! Brush. Floss, if you can. And dissolve a ProBiora daily.

More information can be found at ProBiora Health’s full line of oral-care probiotics for adults and kids can be purchased or Amazon. Take 10% off your order with the promo code TAMPA22 when ordering on the ProBiora Health website.

*Isokangas P, Söderling E, Pienihäkkinen K, Alanen P. Occurrence of dental decay in children after maternal consumption of xylitol chewing gum, a follow-up from 0 to 5 years of age. J Dent Res. 2000.

*Presented by ProBiora Health | Originally published in the September 2022 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

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