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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision during five developmental periods: prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. It is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals is discussed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2015–. Promoting oral health care during pregnancy: An update on activities. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, multiple items

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This series provides an overview of activities to promote oral health during pregnancy. The series discusses efforts of federal agencies and national, state, and local organizations to launch programs, advance policy, and disseminate Oral Health During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement to ensure that both health professionals and pregnant women are aware of the importance and safety of receiving oral health care during pregnancy. A list of resources focused on promoting oral health during pregnancy and infancy is included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Oral Health During Pregnancy Expert Workgroup. 2012. Oral health care during pregnancy: A national consensus statement. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Multiple items

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This report includes a consensus statement that resulted from an expert workgroup meeting held on October 18, 2011, in Washington, DC, convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association. It contains guidance on oral health care 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. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2019. Best practice approach: Perinatal oral health (Updated ed.). Reno, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 27 pp

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Boulevard
Reno, NV 89509

Telephone: (775) 626-5008
Fax: (775) 626-9268
E-mail: info@astdd.org
Website: http://www.astdd.org
Available from the website.

This report provides a description of perinatal oral health, including its significance and background, barriers to accessing oral health care for this population, and a strategic framework for improving perinatal oral health. It also includes guidelines and recommendations, research evidence, best practice criteria, state practice examples, and a logic model.


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CDA Foundation. 2010. Oral health during pregnancy and early childhood: Evidence-based guidelines for health professionals. Sacramento, CA: CDA Foundation, 75 pp

California Dental Association Foundation
1201 K Street, Suite 1511
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (800) 232-7645
E-mail: foundationinfo@cda.org
Website: http://www.cdafoundation.org
Available from the website.

These guidelines are designed to help health professionals deliver oral health services to pregnant women and young children. Topics include the importance of oral health; maternal physiological considerations related to oral health; pregnancy, oral conditions, and oral health care; oral health and early childhood; access to care; and systems improvement and public policy changes. Sample forms and websites for parents are included as appendices. A policy brief is also available.


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Diop H, Hwang S, Leader D, Silk H, Chie L, Lu E, Stone SL, Flaherty K. 2016. Massachusetts oral health practice guidelines for pregnancy and early childhood. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 14 pp

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Telephone: (617) 624-6060
Secondary Telephone: (617) 624-5992
Fax: (617) 624-6062
Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-oral-health
Available from the website.

These guidelines provide oral health care recommendations and resources for health professionals caring for pregnant women and young children. Contents include information about oral diseases; oral health status among pregnant women and children in Massachusetts and efforts to improve it; and the role of prenatal care health professionals, oral health professionals, and pediatric health professionals in improving pregnant women’s and children’s oral health. Topics include assessing, advising, educating, referring, collaborating, treatment, and management. Resources on medication use during pregnancy, sample referral forms, and reproducible handouts on healthy portion sizes and healthy eating during pregnancy are also provided.


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Kumar J, Samelson R, eds. 2006. Oral health care during pregnancy and early childhood: Practice guidelines. [Albany, NY]: New York State Department of Health, 72 pp

New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Dental Health
Corning Tower Building, Room 542 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

Telephone: (518) 474-1961
Fax: (518) 474-8985
E-mail: oralhealth@health.state.ny.us
Website: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/dental
Available from the website.

This fact sheet for pregnant women provides information about the importance of good oral health during pregnancy for both pregnant women and their infant. Topics include the importance of taking care of the mouth during pregnancy, the safety of getting oral health care during pregnancy, and the importance of good nutrition during pregnancy. Tips for choosing healthy snacks and drinks, how to care for the mouth if a woman has morning sickness, and finding a dentist are included.


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Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health. 2019. Oral health care during pregnancy: Practice guidance for Maryland's prenatal and dental providers. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health.

Maryland Department of Health
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Telephone: (410) 767-6500
Secondary Telephone: (877) 463-3464
Website: http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov
Available from the website.

This practice guidance provides information on oral health care during pregnancy for oral health professionals and prenatal care professionals in Maryland. It provides information about the oral health of pregnant women and their infants in the state, state statistics on oral health care utilization during pregnancy, clinical practice guidance, a visual guide of oral conditions that can occur during pregnancy, a pharmacological considerations chart, a sample dental referral form, and educational resources to share with pregnant women. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. 2015. 2016 perinatal care recommendations (rev.). Watertown, MA: Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, 5 pp

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
42 Pleasant Street, Suite 3
Watertown, MA 02472

Telephone: (617) 600-4621
Fax: (617) 393-3433
E-mail: info@mhqp.org
Website: http://www.mhqp.org
Available from the website.

This document provides a core set of perinatal clinical care guidelines for the general population. Contents include guidelines for the first prenatal visit (6 to 12 weeks) and at each subsequent prenatal visit (13 to 42 weeks). Topics include initial and interval history; psychosocial assessment; physical examinations; immunizations; laboratory evaluation and additional testing; oral health; genetic counseling, screening, and testing; general counseling, education, and discussion; and the postpartum visit.


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North Carolina Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section. 2018. Oral health care during pregnancy: North Carolina collaborative practice framework. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section, 7 pp

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section
2001 Mail Service Center 5505 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27699-2001

Telephone: (919) 855-4800
Fax: (919) 870-4805
Website: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dph/oralhealth
Available from the website.

This practice guidance provides information on oral health care for pregnant women for prenatal care health professionals and oral health professionals in North Carolina, pharmacological considerations for pregnant women, and guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women. Selected topics include assessing women’s oral health status, advising pregnant women about oral health care, working in collaboration with other health professionals, providing support services to pregnant women, improving health services in the community, and advising women about oral health care. The document was adapted from Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement.


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Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. 2009. Guidelines for oral health care in pregnancy. Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Dentistry, 2 pp

Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
University of Washington School of Dentistry Health Sciences B-530, Box 357480
Seattle, WA 98195

Telephone: (206) 543-5599
Fax: (206) 685-8024
E-mail: nacrohd@u.washington.edu
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/nacrohd
Available from the website.

This document provides guidelines and recommendations for providing oral health care to pregnant women. It discusses treatment considerations related to hypertension, diabetes, the use of heparin, and the risk of aspiration, as well as positioning clients during procedures. A chart summarizes recommendations during various pregnancy stages.


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South Carolina Oral Health Coalition. 2017. Oral health care for pregnant women. [Columbia, SC]: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 30 pp

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Telephone: (803) 898-3432
Fax: (803) 898-3323
E-mail: info@dhec.sc.gov
Website: http://www.scdhec.gov
Available from the website.

This document presents clinical practice guidelines for the oral health care of pregnant women in South Carolina. The document contains data on infant mortality and preterm birth, oral health care and counseling utilization. It includes recommendations for health professionals and for oral health professionals, referral forms for oral health care, and dentists' reports for prenatal care professionals. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Virginia Department of Health, Dental Health Program. 2019. Oral health during pregnancy: Practice guidance for Virginia's prenatal and dental providers. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Health, Dental Health Program, 20 pp

Virginia Department of Health, Dental Health Program
109 Governor Street, Ninth Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: (804) 864-7775
Fax: (804) 864-7783
Website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/oral-health
Available from the website.

These practice guidelines for oral health professionals and prenatal care professionals in Virginia provide information about the oral health of pregnant women and their infants in the state, state statistics on oral health care utilization during pregnancy, practice guidance, a visual guide of oral conditions that can occur during pregnancy, a pharmacological considerations chart, a sample dental referral form, and educational resources to share with pregnant women. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     

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