Common sense tells us that the health and habits of mothers are important indicators for the wellbeing of their babies. This report looks at the evidence for pre and post-natal factors that affect the future oral health of children.
The report includes a survey of the literature on the causes and indicators of early childhood caries, and the effectiveness of different strategies to improve infant oral health. The implications of the findings for future research, policy, and service delivery are discussed.
This report was prepared under contract to the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The copyright in this report is owned by the Crown and administered by the Ministry. The views of the author do not necessarily represent the views or policy of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The Ministry makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any liability or responsibility for use of or reliance on the contents of this report.