The Dental Disconnect

Women frequently do not see a dentist during pregnancy:

  • Only 33-67% of all pregnant women visit the dentist in the U.S.
  • Percentage is even lower for Hispanic women, low SES, non-English speaking, non-white, and/or women who are not aware of importance of oral health during pregnancy
  • Only 50% of pregnant woman with a dental problem actually visit a dentist
  • Even among women with dental insurance, dental care declines during pregnancy
Miroslav Ferkuniak/
Miroslav Ferkuniak/


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