Providing Care to Pregnant Women
"We know treating pregnant women is safe and results in immediate health benefits to the mother and her baby. We also know by taking care of the mother we will greatly improve the oral health of the child.
- Dennis Lewis, DDS, President and CEO, Dental Aid, Boulder
Good oral health during pregnancy has benefits for mom and baby!
Due to hormones, gingivitis is more common during pregnancy, making pregnant women at increased risk for periodontal disease.
- A mother’s good oral hygiene following delivery may decrease the amount of cavity-causing bacteria transmitted to her infant during common parenting behavior, such as sharing spoons.
Dental care at any time during pregnancy is the Standard of Care (Supported by ADA, ACOG, AAPD)
- A normal, low-risk pregnancy is not a reason to alter a treatment plan
- Dental treatment at any time during pregnancy is completely safe and the standard of care Read more about the guidelines
- It is safe to use lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in pregnant patients at the standard dosage Read more about pharmalogical considerations during pregnancy.
Cavity Free at Three is teaching medical and dental providers how to include oral health services in routine care for women during pregnancy.