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J Am Dent Assoc. 2001 Jul;132(7):1009-16.

Oral health during pregnancy: an analysis of information collected by the pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system.

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  • 1Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. meg4@cdc.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about the use of dental services during pregnancy. Yet research suggests that a pregnant woman's oral health and her pregnancy outcome may be associated.

METHODS:

Four states collected oral health data a part of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, or PRAMS, in 1998. PRAMS is an ongoing, population-based survey designed to obtain information from mothers who recently delivered live-born infants about their experiences and behaviors before, during and immediately after pregnancy.

RESULTS:

Reports of dental care use during pregnancy ranged from 22.7 to 34.7 percent. In three states, 12.2 percent to 25.4 percent of respondents reported having a dental problem and of these, 44.7 percent to 54.9 percent went for care. Among mothers reporting a dental problem, prenatal care, or PNC, insurance through public funding and late PNC entry were significantly associated with their not getting dental care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most mothers did not go for dental care during their pregnancy; among those who reported having problems, one-half did not get dental care.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Attention toward the oral health needs of pregnant women is warranted. A coordinated effort from the dental and obstetric communities to establish guidelines could benefit maternal oral health and perinatal outcomes.

PMID:
11480627
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