It’s a question that is hard to answer for some families because some babies don’t have the ability to absorb or absorb the full range of oral health benefits.
But some studies have shown that the babies of babies with compromised oral health may benefit from oral health care.
A new study from the University of Texas at Austin examined the oral health effects of more than 3,000 babies born in Texas in 2008-2009.
The researchers looked at whether babies who received oral health treatments had lower rates of allergies and eczema than babies who didn’t.
Researchers found that babies who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus (whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus) were about four times less likely to have eczematous eruption and allergic rhinitis than babies born to nonvaccinated mothers.
The study is the first to look at the effects of a vaccine on the oral cavity and gingival tracts.
Researchers say that the findings are important because a vaccine does not have to be administered to every baby who is born.
“We need to continue to develop the best methods to administer vaccines, so that we’re able to provide a wide range of services to these babies, and they’re able, as they age, to develop better oral health,” said Dr. Laura B. Miller, a University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician and co-author of the study.
While oral health is important for babies, the benefits don’t stop there.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies receive at least one booster of the influenza vaccine (also called the seasonal flu vaccine) every other year.
To learn more about oral health and other oral health topics, visit the AAP website at: http://www.aap.org/index.htm ABC News’ Lauren O’Brien contributed to this report.