ACOG: Physicians should discuss oral health with all patients

August 7, 2013

Issue 8

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), according to HealthDay News, recommends that physicians discuss oral health with all patients, including those who are pregnant or postpartum.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), according to HealthDay News, recommends that physicians discuss oral health with all patients, including those who are pregnant or postpartum.

In the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, it notes that, in 2007 to 2009, 35 percent of U.S. women reported not having a dental visit within the past year, and 56 percent reported not visiting a dentist during pregnancy.

The authors explain that although there may be a positive correlation between periodontal infection and preterm birth, evidence has failed to show improvement in the outcomes after dental treatment during pregnancy.

The committee recommends that an oral health assessment should be conducted during the first prenatal visit.

Read more here.

"For many women, obstetrician-gynecologists are the most frequently accessed health care professional, which creates a unique opportunity to educate women throughout their lifespan, including during pregnancy, about the importance of dental care and good oral hygiene," the authors write.

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