Tooth decay is the result of a transmitted bacterial infection. Current research has shed light on the direct relationship between the oral health of mothers and their children. Higher levels of bacteria that cause tooth decay (mutans streptococci and lactobacilli) in mothers is associated with an increased presence of caries (cavities) in their children. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Dental Research (March 2014, Vol. 99:3, pp. 238-244).

The Trustees want to keep your baby tooth-decay free for his/her life. We understand the importance of preventive care for the mom-to-be so that any active disease can be controlled and the bacteria not transmitted to the baby.

If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, we encourage you to discuss your oral health with your dentist or physician. Also, call the MPE Fund office to receive a free sample of xylitol mints. If your dentist feels you need additional preventive therapies that are not covered under the MPE Fund dental plan, call the Fund to learn how to receive those additional therapies.