Pregnancy and Women’s Oral Health


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 and improve dental access through interprofessional collaboration
  • Acknowledge and address health inequity as it applies to pregnant women and oral health
  • 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.


All authors involved in producing the content of this course have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Authors

  • Hugh Silk, M.D.
  • Emily Cooper, 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.
  • Karlynn Sievers, M.D.

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Last Modified:
September 2021

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