Wednesday, 08 December 2021

Sutter Lakeside Family Birth Center launches 'Spring Clean' program

LAKEPORT Did you know that a one key to a healthy pregnancy starts in the mouth? Pregnant women and those women considering becoming pregnant can significantly reduce their chances of premature labor and delivery by taking care of their oral health.


A 2006 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study found that 30 percent of women with moderate to severe periodontal disease (inflammation of the gums with bleeding and loss of tissue that holds the tooth in place) delivered small for their gestational age babies.


According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Web site, pregnant women with severe periodontal disease have an estimated seven-fold increase in their risk of delivering premature, low-birth weight babies.


Sutter Lakeside Hospital's Family Birth Center has named May the "Spring Clean" oral health promotion month.


"The nurses and physicians here in the Birth Center are focused on our patients' overall health and wellness," said Family Birth Center Nurse Manager Jody Dawson.


Dr. Jonathan Davies, director of OB/GYN Services at Sutter Lakeside, agrees. "Many patients take their oral health for granted, not realizing the impact this can have on their pregnancy.”


In an effort to help this information reach area residents, the Family Birth Center has purchased 500 dental kits that will be distributed throughout the county.


Staff Nurse Sasha Reynolds, RNC, the brains behind the initiation of this promotion, wants to remind everyone of the importance of taking care of their oral health.


"Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, limit foods containing sugar, avoid sodas, and see your dentist twice a year to improve your overall health,” Reynolds said. “Periodontal disease has also been linked to increased cardiovascular risks as well. Good oral hygiene is not just about a pretty smile.”


For information regarding dental kit distribution, or for pregnancy-related questions, please contact the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Family Birth Center at 262-5085, or visit them online at www.sutterlakeside.org.


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