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Oral Health and Pregnancy: A Comprehensive Consideration

September 2020 Course - Expires Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry


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

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SOURCE: Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry | September 2020

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the systemic physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy, including those encountered in the oral cavity
  • Discuss the current guidelines and consensus statements for oral health and dental care during pregnancy
  • Assess risk factors for oral disease in pregnant patients to allow timely preventive strategies and restorative services
  • Explain the need for interprofessional collaboration with the perinatal team to achieve successful outcomes
  • Recognize the need to overcome misunderstandings about the safety and provision of dental care during a healthy pregnancy
  • Review evidence for the effectiveness of motivational interviewing (MI) to gain positive health outcomes
  • Discuss the importance of oral health and the bidirectional relationships to medical morbidities during pregnancy
  • Identify clinical and social risk factors before and during pregnancy that can determine poor dental health for the child and impact the immediate family and caregivers
  • Describe appropriate perinatal interventions during pregnancy to increase the likelihood of good dental health for the child’s early years
  • Discuss appropriate care and advice for the pregnant patient/mother to minimize her risk of oral diseases while caring for her infants and toddlers
  • Identify common pregnancy complications that may affect maternal and fetal health and discuss how they can affect oral health
  • Develop strategies to provide necessary oral healthcare for patients with complicated pregnancies and to allow reduction of risks for overall and oral health

Author Qualifications:

David C. Alexander, BDS, MSc, DDPH Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University, New York, New York, Principal, Appolonia Global Health Sciences LLC, Green Brook, New Jersey Irina F. Dragan, DDS, DMD, MS Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontology, and Faculty Practice Provider, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS Professor, Director, Advanced Education Program in, Periodontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Alabama Stephen C. Mitchell, DMD, MS Associate Professor, Director, Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Alabama Sachin Shenoy, MD Fellow, Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York Valery Veglia, RDH, MBA Practice Manager, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts


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