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Despite the evidence that dental care during pregnancy is safe and even vital to health, misinformation persists that may dissuade women from seeking oral healthcare at this crucial time. In this special Compendium eBook, David C. Alexander, BDS, MSc, DDPH, and colleagues present a series of five continuing education (CE) articles on the importance of dental care before, during, and after pregnancy, both for mothers and children.
CE Article 1 summarizes guidelines for dental care as a safe and essential part of a healthy pregnancy. The authors discuss physiological changes that occur and their relevance to oral care, risk factors for oral conditions, timely preventive strategies, and the need for interprofessional collaboration.
CE Article 2 offers a patient-centered approach to counseling and behavioral change for women in a healthy pregnancy. The authors provide a framework of patient-centered interventions to improve patient involvement in their oral health and overall well-being, focusing on the use of motivational interviewing.
CE Article 3 explains the importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach to oral healthcare during pregnancy by collaborating with the woman’s perinatal team. Current guidelines support this teamwork and define the roles of healthcare providers in the care of these patients.
CE Article 4 further defines the dental team’s role in maternal and child oral health. The authors identify risk factors that can determine poor dental health for the child, describe appropriate perinatal interventions to foster healthy oral conditions in a child’s early years, and review recommendations for establishing a dental home.
CE Article 5 completes this series by focusing on management of oral health in a complicated pregnancy. The authors discuss potential pregnancy complications, their implications for oral health, and the standards for management of patients with a complicated pregnancy.
The content in this collection was originally published over the course of 2 years in Compendium. We are extremely pleased to be able to gather this important material into a single, comprehensive resource for practitioners. For more information on oral health during pregnancy and other aspects of dental care, please visit us at compendiumlive.com.
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