Focus on Pregnancy
This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about pregnancy and oral health. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.
For a comprehensive list of materials and websites, review Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A Resource Guide.
Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2012. Best Practice Approach: Perinatal Oral Health. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 26 pp.
This report describes a strategy to promote perinatal oral health, assesses the strength of evidence on the effectiveness of the strategy, and uses practice examples to illustrate successful and innovative implementation. Topics include the significance of perinatal oral health, barriers to perinatal oral health care, a strategic framework for improving perinatal oral health, and initiatives and coordinated efforts.
Buerlein J, Peabody H, Santoro K. 2010. Improving Access to Perinatal Oral Health Care: Strategies and Considerations for Health Plans. Washington, DC: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation and Children's Dental Health Project.
This brief explores the ways in which pregnant women's oral health practices and use of oral health care may affect their overall health, their birth outcomes, and their children’s oral health. The brief describes opportunities for health plans to remove barriers to help ensure that all pregnant women have access to oral health care during pregnancy. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. n.d. Receipt of Preventive Dental Care by Medicaid Recipients During Pregnancy: Iowa 2005–2009. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. 5 pp.
This document presents data and trends on receipt of preventive oral health care during pregnancy among Medicaid beneficiaries in Iowa as well as strategies for improvement. Topics include prenatal care coordination and collaboration with pediatric oral health professionals. Data and trends are presented by race and ethnicity, age, and education.
Holt K, Barzel R, Clark M. 2009. Two Healthy Smiles: Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
This brochure (English and Spanish) addresses the importance of oral hygiene and oral care during pregnancy. Topics include toothbrushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, getting dental checkups and treatment, the impact of hormonal changes during pregnancy on gum health, caring for an infant’s gums and teeth, and finding a dentist. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health. 2012. Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: At-a-Glance Reference Guide. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health. 2 pp.
This guide provides recommendations for oral health professionals and prenatal care health professionals about helping women initiate and maintain oral health care during pregnancy. Topics include emergency or non-elective treatment, dental radiographs, routine or elective procedures, standards of care, comfort during treatment, and maintaining oral health during pregnancy.
Oral Health During Pregnancy Expert Workgroup. 2012. Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statment. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
The document provides guidance about oral health services for pregnant women for both prenatal care health professionals and oral health professionals. Pharmacological considerations for pregnant women and guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women are included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Silverman D. 2012. Dental Coverage for Low-Income Pregnant Women. Washington, DC: National Health Law Program. 7 pp.
This issue brief discusses the importance of comprehensive oral health care during pregnancy; explains the status of coverage for pregnant women under Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act; and recommends strategies to expand dental coverage for pregnant women with low incomes.
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American Dental Association
March of Dimes
Washington State Department of Health
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
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