This course addresses the importance of oral health before, during, and after pregnancy. Clinicians will explore the prevalence of oral disease during pregnancy and its consequences for both mothers and children, as well as review dental treatment guidelines for pregnant women.
Educational Objectives for the Oral Health and the Pregnant Patient Course:
- Elicit risk factors for periodontal disease and dental caries
- Perform an oral examination using proper anatomical terms and terminology
- Reduce the risk of caries transmission from mother to child
- Apply the evidence for periodontitis affecting perinatal outcomes
- Manage common oral conditions in pregnancy
- Counsel pregnant patients about the safety of dental care
- Improve dental access for pregnant women through interprofessional collaboration
- Promote and address oral health issues across the lifespan for women
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This course takes approximately one hour to complete. Each clinical case takes about 10 minutes.
Course Steering Committee Authors
- Hugh Silk, M.D.
- OB/GYN – Lucy Chie, M.D., M.P.H.
- Dentistry - Rocio Quinonez, D.M.S, M.P.H.
Smiles for Life Editor
- Melinda Clark, M.D.
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