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Research to Policy and Practice: Periodontal Health and Birth Outcomes

On December 11–12, 2006, the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) convened a forum in Washington, DC, to address the relationship between periodontal health and birth outcomes. The forum was planned in collaboration with representatives of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Office of the Surgeon General, and HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health.

Meeting Objectives

  • Review current evidence-based research on the relationship between periodontal disease in pregnant women and birth outcomes
  • Review current policies, programs, and practices in the public and private sectors addressing the oral health needs of pregnant women, as related to improving birth outcomes and women’s overall health
  • Offer public and private health leaders the opportunity to discuss future directions in research, policy, programs, and practice related to women’s periodontal health and birth outcomes

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Highlighted Sessions

  • Review of Scientific Evidence Related to Periodontal Health and Birth Outcomes pdf image
    This session presented findings of a white paper developed for the forum. The paper reviews and assesses the current state of the science about the relationship between periodontal disease in pregnant women and birth outcomes.

    Presenters
    Xu Xiong, M.D., Dr.P.H.
    Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
    School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

    Sotirios Vastardis, D.D.S., M.S.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics
    School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

  • Overview of Periodontal Health for Women of Reproductive Age pdf image
    This session provided an overview of periodontal health issues, especially during the reproductive years, as they affect women's overall health.
  • Presenter
    Marjorie Jeffcoat, D.M.D.
    Dean, School of Dental Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania

  • Policies, Programs and Practices Addressing the Oral Health Needs of Pregnant Women
    This session presented the findings of a second white paper developed for the forum on policies, programs, and practices in the public and private sectors. The paper addresses the oral health needs of pregnant women. Strategies for improving birth outcomes as well as for improving women’s overall health were discussed.

    Presenters
    Burton Edelstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.
    Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy and Management
    School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia University

    Karen VanLandeghem, M.P.H.
    Health Policy and Program Consultant
    VanLandeghem, Inc.

  • The Gray Zone of Evidence-Based Research—Benefit or Harm?
    This session presented the challenges of applying evidence-based methods to assess new and emerging research issues, and the importance of separating out questions of science from other important considerations involving values in setting policy.
  • Presenter
    David Atkins, M.D., M.P.H.
    Chief Medical Officer, Center for Outcomes and Evidence
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • New Findings from Federally Funded Clinical Research pdf image
    This session presented an overview of NIDCR-funded research and the findings from a major NIDCR-funded clinical trial that assessed the effects of periodontal therapy on preterm birth.

    Presenter
    Bryan Michalowicz, D.D.S., M.S.
    Principal Investigator, Effects of Periodontal Therapy on Preterm Birth
    Associate Professor, Division of Periodontology
    University of Minnesota School of Dentistry