The oral systemic health link has now become well recognized and numerous publications have discussed the importance of
the oral microbiome in the overall health of any individual. This is likely even more important in children and this influences their
future health as they mature. What is particularly interesting is that the microbiome of a child is developed prior to birth and is
related to the maternal oral microbiome. Early intervention to the mother prior to the child’s birth, with proper sleep, exercise
and dietary adjustments such as the limitation of added sugars and use of coconut oil, for example, will influence the developing
child’s microbiome. Direct influence with the polyols xylitol and erythritol to reduce pathogens, and probiotics to boost levels of
commensals would also be required. Due to the extent of oral disease, and its tremendous associated costs, urgent action is required
by all health professions.