- Chewing four pieces of xylitol gum each day while you’re pregnant may decrease the baby’s caries (tooth decay) rate, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Almost one in four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
- Some heart patients are advised to take antibiotics before undergoing dental procedures. The American Dental Association suggests these patients include those with artificial heart valves and certain congenital heart defects.
- Mothers who have poor oral health can infect their unborn children with bacteria that cause cavities at a young age, according to the AAPD.