Bright Futures Oral Health Pocket Guide

Pregnancy and Postpartum

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Health professionals should select the information in this section that is most appropriate, using clinical judgment to decide what is timely and relevant for each pregnant or postpartum woman.

Family Preparation

To prepare families for oral health supervision visits, health professionals can provide pregnant and postpartum women with a list of topics to discuss at the next visit. Topics may include the following:

Interview Questions

Following are examples of questions that health professionals may ask pregnant and postpartum women. In addition to asking these or other interview questions, discuss any issues or concerns the pregnant or postpartum woman has.


Pregnant and postpartum women should be seen according to a schedule recommended by the dentist, based on the individual's needs or susceptibility to disease.

Anticipatory Guidance

Discuss with Pregnant and Postpartum Women:

Oral Health Care

Oral Hygiene


Injury Prevention

Substance Use