Despite evidence emphasizing the importance of dental health during pregnancy, some women still find it difficult to obtain care during pregnancy. An exploration by The New York Times found that women may avoid or be denied dental care for a variety of reasons:
Today, although dental treatment during pregnancy is considered beneficial, some dentists still hesitate to see pregnant women, because they fear litigation or harm to the fetus, or their knowledge of appropriate care lags behind the current evidence….OB-GYNs too often fail to check for oral problems and to refer women to dentists. And many women fail to seek out oral care or mistakenly think it’s dangerous, even though pregnancy itself may lead to gum inflammation.
Both the American Academy of Periodontology and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology stress the importance of maintaining dental health during pregnancy. According to the AAP,
Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small….All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation.
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