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The Connecticut State Dental Association Offers Considerations for Treating Pregnant Patients

Oral health is an essential component of overall health, and maintaining a healthy mouth is especially important for pregnant women. In order to ensure that pregnant women receive the appropriate and necessary care, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) collaborated with the Connecticut Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and other health care organizations to produce, “Considerations for the Dental Treatment of Pregnant Women.” This four-page resource aims to help dentists understand the importance of providing oral health services to pregnant women and making appropriate decisions about the patients’ treatment options.
​February 10, 2014 -- Oral health is an essential component of overall health, and maintaining a healthy mouth is especially important for pregnant women. In order to ensure that pregnant women receive the appropriate and necessary care, the Connecticut State Dental 
Association (CSDA) collaborated with the Connecticut Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and other health care organizations to produce, “Considerations for the Dental Treatment of Pregnant Women.” This four-page resource aims to help dentists understand the importance of providing oral health services to pregnant women and making appropriate decisions about the patients’ treatment options. 

“Dental care is safe for pregnant patients and can prevent future health problems for mothers and their babies, however what we are finding is that pregnant patients are not keeping their dental appointments,” said Dr. Mark Desrosiers, President of the CSDA. “It is important that patients adhere to their regular dental hygiene practices, but it is of equal importance for their dentists to see them during their pregnancy.” 

“Representing the obstetricians and gynecologist in the creation of this publication was 
extremely important,” said Dr. Philip Lahrmann, Immediate Past Chairman of the CT-ACOG. 

“The health of a women while pregnant is important and that includes their oral health care. We believe this collaborative publication will serve as a valuable resource.” 
According to Dr. Stephanie Rosener of CAFP, “Pregnant women receive the best possible care when physicians and dentists work together. This resource will play an important role in achieving that goal.” 

By working together an informative publication was created, which provides answers to basic questions both dentists and expecting mothers may have about dental care during pregnancy, including questions about whether sedation, x-rays and pharmaceuticals are safe at this time. For more information on oral health care during pregnancy or to download a copy of the document, visit CSDA.com. 

To read the document click here.
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