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Holly Dental Care

June 23, 2015 18:07 ET

Holly, Mich., Family Dental Office Provides Health Tips for Expectant Mothers

HOLLY, MI--(Marketwired - June 23, 2015) - Holly Dental Care, a top Holly family dental practice, is reminding expectant mothers about the importance of proper oral health care during pregnancy.

While most women know that it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are pregnant, many women are unaware that gum disease can put the health of their unborn child at risk. Gum disease in expectant mothers has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low-birth weight, preterm delivery and even death of the baby. Drs. Marie and Rand Hunter, who operate Holly Dental Care, are skilled in treating expectant mothers and using progressive techniques to treat gum disease in its early stages.

"By seeing your dental hygienist during your pregnancy, you can keep your gums, your body and your unborn child healthy," said Dr. Marie Hunter. "It’s an important appointment to maintain during your pregnancy, and it will only take about an hour of your time."

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that attacks the gum tissue and the bone that holds in the teeth. The disease is often pain-free, and therefore, patients are frequently unaware that they have a problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds are at risk of long-term health problems. Babies born three weeks early can have similar complications like respiratory problems, vision and hearing loss or feeding and digestive problems.

Medical and Dental professionals agree that good gum health is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released a statement encouraging women to take care of their oral health and recommended regular dental cleanings, especially during pregnancy.

"Gum disease is difficult for the patient to detect, but our office is trained to identify gum disease in its early stages, giving you the chance to combat against the disease and return your mouth to a healthier state," Dr. Marie Hunter said.

Dr. Rand Hunter attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate studies and earned his dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He served as a team dentist for athletes and staff for the Palace of Auburn Hills. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, which permits him to provide sedation dentistry safely. He completed his residency on sedation dentistry at the Albert Einstein Medical School and completed advanced endodontic training at the Las Vegas Institute.

Dr. Rand Hunter has received the Proctor and Gamble Dental Research Award and is a former co-host of the cable TV show "It's Your Health." He holds memberships with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Summit Study Group and Pinnacle Study Group and serves on the Baker College Dental Program Assisting advisory board. Dr. Hunter generously donates his time to missionary work in Africa and South America.

Dr. Marie Hunter attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a degree as a registered dental hygienist and then graduated with honors from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Marie Hunter studied cosmetic dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute and received implant restoration training from the Zimmer Implant Institute. She is also trained in Six Months Smiles, which is orthodontics for adults.

Dr. Marie Hunter also is a former co-host of the cable TV show "It's Your Health," and she currently holds memberships with the Southern Lakes Multidisciplinary Study Group and Summit Study Group. She has received the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics, the International College of Dentists Award and the American College of Stomatologic Surgeons Award.

Holly Dental Care is available for those in need of an emergency dentist and holds practice hours as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m., and on selected Saturdays. To learn more about Holly Dental Care and all the many services they provide, please visit their website at www.HollyDentalCare.com or call 877-321-1933.

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