Dentist Dunwoody: Oral Health, Women and Pregnancy

Pregnant2More than 6 million women in the US become pregnant every year and 40% of them for the first time.  During pregnancy, women are at greater risk of experiencing poor oral health care, which has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes.  Pregnant women are susceptible to oral infections, pregnancy gingivitis, periodontitis and oral pyogenic granulomas.  Results of various studies regarding oral health literacy show it is directly related to general health knowledge, and therefore, health outcomes of both the mother and the fetus follow the level of the mother’s health knowledge.  These studies show that the prevalence of low health literacy among pregnant women ranges from about 15 to 38% and is associated with older age women and women of minority status.[1]

Because of the low levels of oral health knowledge among these segments of the population, it is important for physicians and public health workers to be aware that a message should be tailored to direct pregnant women in these at-risk populations to seek out dental professionals[2] who can alleviate potential oral health issues that might be related to complications in their pregnancies and the potential of adverse effects on their babies.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health care, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or by phone.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

 

Thank you for all your referrals.  We truly appreciate them.

Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

 be sure to consult your dentist.

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[1] Jada, September 2012 at 972-979

[2] We have an in-house periodontist should the need arise.

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2 thoughts on “Dentist Dunwoody: Oral Health, Women and Pregnancy

  1. Women do not realize that your mouth tells a lot about your health. When I was pregnant, I had no idea that there were oral indicators. Would love for you to blog about this on my site! Let me know.

    1. Hey Karla,
      Thanks so much for reading our blog. It’s tough, as a dentist, to garner a lot of enthusiasm in the public when it comes to dentistry. You of course can reblog our post for your audience. As to writing for your blog, we have a pretty limited repertoire of volumes on women and pregnancies. We are trying to broaden our appeal to the mother’s of the world. If I might suggest another article you might try reading https://therightsmile.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/dentist-acworth-women-and-your-oral-health/. BTW, loved your site and all you have done with your product. Also, please like us on facebook. Thanks again.
      M.scheinfeld

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