Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Clinical Guidelines and Management, 2nd edition

About the Course:
Dentists, physicians, and patients often misunderstand and avoid oral health care issues during and after pregnancy. This situation exists despite the fact that routine dental procedures are safe in most pregnant patients (The American Dental Association, 2021; Favero, et al., 2021). To enhance the provision of oral health care in pregnant patients, evidence-based practice guidelines have been developed. This basic-level course will address current concepts regarding oral health in pregnant women and the impact of their oral health on pregnancy outcomes and early childhood health. It will also discuss strategies to optimize oral health during pregnancy.

Course Objectives:
  1. Describe the oral health status of women of childbearing age and barriers to their oral health care.
  2. Explain systemic changes during pregnancy and their impact on dental care and oral health.
  3. Describe the effect of maternal periodontal disease and dental caries on pregnancy outcomes and childhood health.
  4. Discuss clinical practice guidelines on oral health care and management of the pregnant patient.
  5. Discuss the use of therapeutic agents during pregnancy and lactation.
About the Author:
John F. Kross, DMD, MSc, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional training and experience includes practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing dental courses since 1991.

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