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Am J Public Health. 2004 May;94(5):765-71.

Dental care use and self-reported dental problems in relation to pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Mailstop 357262, Seattle, WA 98195-7262, USA. minot@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the relationships between risk factors amenable to intervention and the likelihood of dental care use during pregnancy.

METHODS:

We used data from the Washington State Department of Health's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

RESULTS:

Of the women surveyed, 58% reported no dental care during their pregnancy. Among women with no dental problems, those not receiving dental care were at markedly increased risk of having received no counseling on oral health care, being overweight, and using tobacco. Among women who received dental care, those with dental problems were more likely to have lower incomes and Medicaid coverage than those without dental problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a need for enhanced education and training of maternity care providers concerning oral health in pregnancy.

PMID:
15117698
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PMCID:
PMC1448335
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