Oral Health Management of Pregnant Dental Patients

Format Publication ID Version Published
Reference, Presentation 4056 1 September 21, 2009
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry


This is one item in the section of the Clinical Manual at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry that guides students in treatment of medically complex patients. There has been much confusion among students and clinical instructors regarding oral health care procedures for pregnant patients. Uncertainty about what can and cannot be done for these patients has led to incorrect clinical decisions; some patients have been dismissed from the clinic with no care provided. Lack of supporting evidence underlies much of this confusion. This resource provides current evidence to facilitate clinical decisions based on the principles of evidence-based dentistry. It also helps develop communication skills between obstetricians and oral health care providers, permitting them to share health information about the patient and fetus. We have found this to be very helpful in our institution and we would like to share it with others.


Geist R. Oral Health Management of Pregnant Dental Patients. MedEdPORTAL; 2009. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/4056

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to provide instructional material that presents current evidence on the risks and benefits of dental care for pregnant patients.
  2. To be able to provide instructional material that provides guidelines on dental procedures for patients in various stages of pregnancy.
  3. To be able to provide instructional material that provides instruction on how to request pertinent information from the patient's obstetrician, and what information to request.


  • Pregnancy, Pregnant Patients, Teeth, Dentistry


  • Medical
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology


  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Establishment & Maintenance of Oral Health
    • Patient Care

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Systems-based Practice

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Physiology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Oral Health

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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