What is it about?

The study describes the oral health status of a cohort of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in the KwaZulu natal area of South Africa

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Why is it important?

Cravings for sugar during pregnancy can increase the incidence of caries. Children born of mothers with caries are said to develop dental caries early in life. this study also shows a possible role for Candida in establishing the cariogenic biofilm.


By being educated in the importance of oral health, mothers will not only reduce this risk but also reduce the risk of preterm delivery due to other chronic oral infections such as gingivitis.

Emerita Professor Charlene WJ Africa
University of the Western Cape

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This page is a summary of: Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Clinics in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, International Journal of Dentistry, March 2019, Hindawi Publishing Corporation,
DOI: 10.1155/2019/5475973.
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