OB-GYNs Urge Pregnant Patients to Go to the Dentist
November 6, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog
New recommendations from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) underscore the importance of maintaining oral health during pregnancy. In a statement issued on July 26th, 2013, The College advised OB-GYNs to perform regular oral assessments and to encourage all of their patients to see a dentist throughout their pregnancy.
The ACOG committee also advised obstetricians and gynecologist to do the following:
- Talk to their patients about the importance of oral health, whether they are pregnant or not.
- Emphasize that good oral health improves general health and reduces the risk of many preventable diseases and disorders.
- Advise pregnant women that the bacteria that causes gum disease can be passed from mother to child, and that good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of transmission.
- Reassure pregnant patients that common dental procedures like teeth cleaning and dental x-rays are perfectly safe.
- Perform routine oral assessments and advise patients to see their dentists when a problem is observed.
- Ask patients about their dental coverage so that recommendations and referrals can be made, if necessary.
- Get to know local dentists. Refer patients to those with impressive reputations and credentials.
- Advise pregnant patients about the dangers of increased sugar intake, especially with regard to oral health.