Summary

Key messages to take away from this course:

  • Periodontal disease is associated with preterm birth and low birth weight.
  • Periodontal therapy has not been shown to improve pregnancy outcomes, but is safe in pregnancy.
  • Decreased levels of cariogenic bacteria in mothers is associated with improved child oral health.
  • Routine dental interventions are safe during pregnancy.
  • Health professionals should promote oral health throughout the life cycle for all women as mouth health affects overall health.