This resource on pregnancy and oral health covers topics for health care providers who take care of prenatal patients. The module covers a range of topics, including oral diseases of pregnancy, complications of these diseases on the pregnancy, safety of dental interventions in pregnancy, and how to promote oral health for pregnant women and their newborn children. This resource is designed as an interactive educational tool for both individuals and groups from all aspects of the health care profession. It is a part of the series Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum, the nation’s most comprehensive and widely used oral health curriculum designed for primary care clinicians. The eight-module course covers the relationship of oral to systemic health, child oral health, adult oral health, dental emergencies, oral health in pregnancy, fluoride varnish, and the oral examination.
By the end of this resource, learners will be able to:
- Describe basic oral anatomy, terminology, and performance of the oral examination.
- Develop familiarity with etiology and risk factors of periodontal disease and dental caries.
- Understand the evidence for periodontitis affecting pregnancy outcomes.
- Understand the evidence for caries risk transmission from mother to child.
- Manage other oral conditions in pregnancy.
- Understand the safety of common dental interventions in pregnancy.
- Promote oral health in pregnant women and newborn children.
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Development of the Smiles for Life curriculum was supported by unrestricted grants from the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), which in turn was funded by the Dentaquest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation. This project is also sponsored in part by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal Child Health Bureau grant #U44MC20223.
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