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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Two Healthy Smiles: Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy - This brochure is designed to educate women about the importance of oral hygiene and oral health care during pregnancy. Topics include brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, and getting dental checkups and treatment.

Perio treatment, preterm delivery unrelated, study shows. This is a press release about a recent study ( Feb 2009) from Dr. Steven Offenbacher, director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases

Periodontal Treatment and the Risk for Adverse Birth Outcomes. Abstract February 08. This paper has not yet been published.

Access to Oral Health Care During the Perinatal Period: A Policy Brief - This policy brief was developed to help professionals and the public better understand the importance of oral health during the perinatal period. The brief describes barriers to accessing oral health services and information including myths and misperceptions and presents potential solutions.

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A Summary of Practice Guidelines - This document summarizes the New York State Department of Health?s publication, Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Early Childhood: Practice Guidelines, which is geared toward prenatal and oral health professionals. The guidelines are intended to bring about changes in the health care delivery system and to improve the standard of care for pregnant women. A copy of the complete practice guidelines is available at

Dental Care Can Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth by Nearly 50 Percent, Oct 08 According to a study conducted by Aetna and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, women who received dental care before or during their pregnancy had a lower risk of giving birth to a preterm or low birth weight baby than pregnant women who didn't seek dental care at all. The study, conducted between January 1, 2003 and September 30, 2006, reviewed medical and dental insurance data for 29,000 pregnant women who each had medical and dental coverage with Aetna to determine if there was an association between dental treatment and the likelihood of experiencing either birth outcome. "Further studies need to be done but our findings show that dental treatment had a protective effect on adverse birth outcomes in women who sought dental treatment," said David A. Albert, DDS, MPH, Director, Division of Community Health, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University. Access article online at:

Research to Policy and Practice Forum: Periodontal Health and Birth Outcomes-Summary of a Meeting of Maternal, Child, and Oral Health Experts summarizes the presentations of commissioned background papers and other topics, as well as workgroup discussions from the forum held on December 11-12, 2006 in Washington, DC. The meeting was convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration's and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), to address the relationship between periodontal health and birth outcomes. The summary is divided into the four sections: Summary of Presentations, Future Directions for Policy and Programming, Future Directions for Research, and Closing Remarks and Next Steps. An appendix includes the forum agenda and participant list. The presenters slides and other relevant resources are available on OHRC Web site at


Policy Issues in the Delivery of Dental Services to Medicaid Children and Their Families In September 2008 the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services released the Policy Issues in the Delivery of Dental Services to Medicaid Children and Their Families. The document is intended to address a number of Medicaid policy issues affecting the delivery of dental services to children and their families. It was developed in collaboration by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the previous Maternal and Child Health Technical Advisory Group and finalized by the Oral Health Technical Advisory Group. The document is intended to serve as a resource. It is not intended to change current Medicaid policies nor does it impose any new requirements on States. CMS has appointed a new TAG to address dental Medicaid issues and this was recently updated for publication.

Filling an urgent need: Improving Children's Access to Dental Care in Medicaid and SCHIP Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured July 08

Dental Coverage and care for low-income children: The role of Medicaid and SCHIP Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured August 08

Access to Affordable Dental Care: Gaps for Low-Income Adults Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

GAO Medicaid. Extent of Dental disease in Children Has Not Decreased, and Millions Are Estimated to Have Untreated Tooth Decay September 2008

Report on the June 23,2008 Medicaid Provider Symposium Chicago, Illinois ADA

The Effects of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates on Access to Dental Care. NASHP. Alison Borchgrevink, Andrew Synder, Shelly Gehshan March 08

Access to Dental Services in Medicaid: The effect of reimbursement rates and administrative streamlining. NASHP Andrew Synder, Shelly Gehshan, March 08

Increasing Access to Dental Care: Does Raising Provider Rates Work? CA health Foundation Issue Brief March 2008

CDHP (Children's Dental Health Project) Publications of Interest to EPSDT/Medicaid


Dental Patients and Tobacco: Some Good News An article on how dental providers can help their patients to break the habit.

Proceeding and Consensus Opinion from the Global Oral and Systematic Health Summit. Feb 07 Grand Rounds Supplement

Dental Work Force Trends, Opportunities for Improving Access. Shelly Gehshan National Academy for State Health Policy Mar 08

Fluoride Varnish: an Evidence-Based Approach, Research Brief, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Fluorides Committee, September 2007

Putting Teeth Into Health Care Reform Dental Health Care Foundation California Primary Care Association and Oral Health Access Council June 2007

Improving Oral Health Care for Young Children, National Academy for State Health Policy, April 2007

CDC at a Glance -- Oral Health: Preventing Cavities, Gum Disease, and Oral Cancers 2004

Promoting Awareness, Preventing Pain: Facts on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) -- National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
This resource is a free, easy-to-use website that puts national, state, and regional survey findings right at your fingertips! Brought to you by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI).

Catalog of Surveys and Archive of Procedures Related to Oral Health
This release contains new survey entries along with updated survey information of entries already in the Catalog.

NIDCR/CDC Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center
Highlighting various oral health organizations' conferences and meetings.

National Network for Oral Health Access

Oral Health America

Children's Dental Health Project

National Oral Health Surveillance System

American Dental Hygienists' Association

National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center
Helping states and communities address public oral health issues.

American Dental Association

Issue Brief on the Integration of MCH and Oral Health Programs
This issue brief illustrates ways that state public health agencies are positioned to improve the oral health status of the MCH population by linking oral health and MCH programs.

Dental Visits Among Dentate Adults with Diabetes -- United States, 1999 and 2004
CDC MMWR Nov 25, 2005. State-by-state estimates from the 2004 BRFSS on the percentage of dentate adults with diabetes who reported having a dental visit during the previous year.

Smiles for Seniors, a resource for oral health and elders. The Ohio Dental Association has created a CD for use by workers caring for geriatric folks in care homes. It explains why it is important to care for the teeth of the residents and give some basic instructions on how to accomplish that care. The CD is $10, which covers the cost of postage and handling. The site also has written information about geriatric dental care in a PowerPoint presentation format for instructing staff.

Impact of Oral Health on the Academic Performance of Disadvantaged School Children. American Journal of Public Health September 2012