The Dental Disconnect

Women frequently do not see a dentist during pregnancy:

  • Only 26-34% of all pregnant women visit the dentist
  • Percentage is even lower for Hispanic women, low SES, and those not aware of oral-systemic linkages
  • Only 50% of pregnant woman with a dental problem actually visit a dentist
  • Even among women with dental insurance, dental care declines during pregnancy
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References

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Lydon-Rochelle MT, Krakowiak P, Hujoel PP, Peters RM. Dental care use and self-reported dental problems in relation to pregnancy. Am J Public Health 2004;94(5):765-771

Al Habashneh R, Guthmiller JM, Levy S, et al. Factors related to utilization of dental services during pregnancy. J Clin Periodontol 2005;32(7):815-821

Pistorius J, Kraft J, Willershausen B. Dental treatment concepts for pregnant patients: results of a survey.

Eur J Med Res 2003;8(6): 241-246 Jiang P, Bargman EP, Garrett NA, Devries A, Springman S, Riggs S. A comparison of dental service use among commercially insured women in Minnesota before, during and after pregnancy. J Am Dent Assoc 2008;139:1173-1180.